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Kurt Vonnegut Quotes

53 Kurt Vonnegut quotes:

"We would be a lot safer if the Government would take its money out of science and put it into astrology and the reading of palms. Only in superstition is there hope. If you want to become a friend of civilization, then become an enemy of the truth and a fanatic for harmless balderdash."
Author: Vonnegut Quotes Category: Government Quotes Superstition Quotes
"History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again."
Author: Vonnegut Quotes Category: History Quotes
"But doing that job, surviving it, was like getting a Purple Heart. I wouldn't have missed it for anything."
Author: Vonnegut Quotes Category: Heart Quotes
"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."
"To whom it may concern: It is springtime. It is late afternoon."
"Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be."
"Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly; Man got to sit and wonder, 'Why, why, why?' Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land; Man got to tell himself he understand."
Author: Vonnegut Quotes Category: Life Quotes
"Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before."
Author: Vonnegut Quotes Category: Man Quotes
"Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people."
Author: Vonnegut Quotes Category: Illusion Quotes
"The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal."
"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."
"Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward."
"I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center."
"The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest."
"Still and all, why bother? Here's my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone."
"Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything."
Author: Vonnegut Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Disappointment Quotes
"Most writers are not quick-witted when they talk. Novelists, in particular, drag themselves around in society like gut-shot bears."
Author: Vonnegut Quotes Category: Society Quotes
"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."
"Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance."
Author: Vonnegut Quotes Category: Character Quotes
"We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane."

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