Kurt Vonnegut Quotes

53 Kurt Vonnegut quotes:

"Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything."
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"People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say."
"The feeling about a soldier is, when all is said and done, he wasn't really going to do very much with his life anyway. The example usually is: he wasn't going to compose Beethoven's Fifth."
"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."
"If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy."
"I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours."
"About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm."
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."
"Being American is to eat a lot of beef steak, and boy, we've got a lot more beef steak than any other country, and that's why you ought to be glad you're an American. And people have started looking at these big hunks of bloody meat on their plates, you know, and wondering what on earth they think they're doing."
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"I want to congratulate librarians,...who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries."
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"A Lovers a liar, to himself he lies. The truthful are loveless, like oysters their eyes"
Author: Vonnegut Quotes Category: Eyes Quotes
"Thinking doesn't seem to help very much. The human brain is too high-powered to have many practical uses in this particular universe."
"A Man Without a Country"
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"Unexpected travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God"
"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."
"Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile!"
Author: Vonnegut Quotes Category: Faith Quotes
"We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane."
"We are impossibly conceited animals, and actually dumb as heck. Ask any teacher. You don't even have to as a teacher. Ask anybody. Dogs and cats are smarter than we are."
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"Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the universe."
Author: Vonnegut Quotes Category: Arrogance Quotes
"Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance."
Author: Vonnegut Quotes Category: Character Quotes

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