Kurt Vonnegut Quotes (45 quotations)

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1. 1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them. - Kurt Vonnegut

2. A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved. - Kurt Vonnegut

3. All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explinations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I've said before, bugs in amber. - Kurt Vonnegut

4. And Lot's wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned to a pillar of salt. So it goes. - Kurt Vonnegut

5. Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. - Kurt Vonnegut

6. Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae. - Kurt Vonnegut

7. Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut

8. Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before, Bokonon tells us. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way. - Kurt Vonnegut

9. During my three years in Vietnam, I certainly heard plenty of last words by dying American footsoldiers. Not one of them, however, had illusions that he had somehow accomplished something worthwhile in the process of making the Supreme Sacrifice. - Kurt Vonnegut

10. Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt. - Kurt Vonnegut

11. Heres what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey. - Kurt Vonnegut

12. Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia. - Kurt Vonnegut

13. I am eternally grateful.. for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honored to be alive, no matter what else might be going on. - Kurt Vonnegut

14. I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours. - Kurt Vonnegut

15. I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did'. - Kurt Vonnegut

16. I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center. - Kurt Vonnegut

17. If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy. - Kurt Vonnegut

18. If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind. - Kurt Vonnegut

19. If you would be unloved and forgotten, be reasonable. - Kurt Vonnegut

20. Ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones. - Kurt Vonnegut

21. It is a very mixed blessing to be brought back from the dead. - Kurt Vonnegut

22. Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the Universe. - Kurt Vonnegut

23. Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. - Kurt Vonnegut

24. Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information. - Kurt Vonnegut

25. Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops. - Kurt Vonnegut

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