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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "I identified a basic mistake my parents had made about life: They thought that it would be very wrong if anybody ever laughed at them."

I identified a basic mistake my parents had made about life: They thought that it would be very wrong if anybody ever laughed at them.




Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Their beauty was to the beauty of Miss Canal Zone as the glory of the Sun was to the glory of a lightning bug."

Their beauty was to the beauty of Miss Canal Zone as the glory of the Sun was to the glory of a lightning bug.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Or they'll talk about fear, which we used to call politics- job politics, social politics, government politics"

Or they'll talk about fear, which we used to call politics- job politics, social politics, government politics



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Unfortunately, that still leaves plenty of Americans who don't read much or think much -- who will still be extremely useful in unjust wars. We are sick about that. We did the best we could."

Unfortunately, that still leaves plenty of Americans who don't read much or think much -- who will still be extremely useful in unjust wars. We are sick about that. We did the best we could.




Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.




Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "I have no culture, no humane harmony in my brains. I can't live without a culture anymore."

I have no culture, no humane harmony in my brains. I can't live without a culture anymore.




Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Be a good editor. The Universe needs more good editors, God knows."

Be a good editor. The Universe needs more good editors, God knows.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, "It might have been."

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, "It might have been.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "We didn't belong anywhere in particular any more. We were interchangeable parts in the American machine."

We didn't belong anywhere in particular any more. We were interchangeable parts in the American machine.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "One might be led to suspect that there were all sorts of things going on in the Universe which he or she did not thoroughly understand."

One might be led to suspect that there were all sorts of things going on in the Universe which he or she did not thoroughly understand.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I’ve said before, bugs in amber."

Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I’ve said before, bugs in amber.




Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "You can’t write novels without a touch of paranoia. I’m paranoid as an act of good citizenship, concerned about what the powerful people are up to."

You can’t write novels without a touch of paranoia. I’m paranoid as an act of good citizenship, concerned about what the powerful people are up to.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become."

New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "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."

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 Jr. Quotes: "I was too pessimistic for an optimist to live with"

I was too pessimistic for an optimist to live with



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Q: What is wrong with the world?A: Everybody pays attention to pictures of things. Nobody pays attention to things themselves."

Q: What is wrong with the world?A: Everybody pays attention to pictures of things. Nobody pays attention to things themselves.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Pretend to be good always and even God will be fooled."

Pretend to be good always and even God will be fooled.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Another woman told Constant what it was the crowd felt it had a right to. 'We have a right to know what's going on!' she cried."

Another woman told Constant what it was the crowd felt it had a right to. 'We have a right to know what's going on!' she cried.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Somebody gets into trouble, then gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get tired of it."

Somebody gets into trouble, then gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get tired of it.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "The name of the new religion, " said Rumfoord, "is The Church of God the Utterly Indifferent."

The name of the new religion, " said Rumfoord, "is The Church of God the Utterly Indifferent.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "He hadn't killed nearly as many people as I had. But then again, he hadn't had my advantage, which was the full cooperation of our Government."

He hadn't killed nearly as many people as I had. But then again, he hadn't had my advantage, which was the full cooperation of our Government.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "We're really awful animals. I mean, that dumb Barbra Streisand song, 'People who need people are the luckiest people in the world' - she's talking about cannibals. Lot's to eat."

We're really awful animals. I mean, that dumb Barbra Streisand song, 'People who need people are the luckiest people in the world' - she's talking about cannibals. Lot's to eat.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Fear hadn’t come to him yet. Pain hadn’t come where pain would come. There was only the feeling of having done something perfect at last—the taste of a drink from a cold, pure spring."

Fear hadn’t come to him yet. Pain hadn’t come where pain would come. There was only the feeling of having done something perfect at last—the taste of a drink from a cold, pure spring.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their ears and eyes to you."

profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their ears and eyes to you.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "She said his music was tuned to the biggest music there ever was, the music of the stars."

She said his music was tuned to the biggest music there ever was, the music of the stars.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Americans... are forever searching for love in forms it never takes, in places it can never be. It must have something to do with the vanished frontier."

Americans... are forever searching for love in forms it never takes, in places it can never be. It must have something to do with the vanished frontier.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "This has been my greatest challenge: because the current reality now seems so unreal, it's hard to make nonfiction seem believable. But you, my friend [Michael Moore], are able to do that."

This has been my greatest challenge: because the current reality now seems so unreal, it's hard to make nonfiction seem believable. But you, my friend [Michael Moore], are able to do that.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "There's only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you've got to be kind."

There's only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you've got to be kind.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "The nicest veterans in Schenectady, I thought, the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones who'd really fought."

The nicest veterans in Schenectady, I thought, the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones who'd really fought.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "It was literature in its finest sense, since it made Unk courageous, watchful, and secretly free."

It was literature in its finest sense, since it made Unk courageous, watchful, and secretly free.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "It pains me even now, even a million years later, to write about such human misbehaviour.A million years later, I feel like apologizing for the human race. That’s all I can say."

It pains me even now, even a million years later, to write about such human misbehaviour.A million years later, I feel like apologizing for the human race. That’s all I can say.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile."

Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Our aim is to make the world more beautiful than it was when we came into it. It can be done. You can do it--love yourself"

Our aim is to make the world more beautiful than it was when we came into it. It can be done. You can do it--love yourself



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "A society, on occasion, can be the worst possible describer of mental health."

A society, on occasion, can be the worst possible describer of mental health.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction."

And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "If you can't write clearly, you probably don't think nearly as well as you think you do."

If you can't write clearly, you probably don't think nearly as well as you think you do.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Whenever my children complain about the planet to me, I say 'Shut up, I just got here myself'."

Whenever my children complain about the planet to me, I say 'Shut up, I just got here myself'.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Things stayed peaceful in there, even as the crashing vehicles and the cries of the injured and dying reached a crescendo outside. "I fry mine in butter!" indeed."

Things stayed peaceful in there, even as the crashing vehicles and the cries of the injured and dying reached a crescendo outside. "I fry mine in butter!" indeed.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "If you actually are an educated, thinking person, you will not be welcome in Washington, D.C. I know a couple of bright seventh graders who would not be welcome in Washington D.C."

If you actually are an educated, thinking person, you will not be welcome in Washington, D.C. I know a couple of bright seventh graders who would not be welcome in Washington D.C.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from the things she found in gift shops."

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



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Don't forget to wind the restricted clock and put the confidential cat out."

Don't forget to wind the restricted clock and put the confidential cat out.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "...a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit."

...a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "When a man becomes a writer, I think he takes a sacred obligation to produce beauty and enlightenment and comfort at top speed."

When a man becomes a writer, I think he takes a sacred obligation to produce beauty and enlightenment and comfort at top speed.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "He was a black hole to anyone who might imagine that he or she was a friend of his."

He was a black hole to anyone who might imagine that he or she was a friend of his.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Title: What Can a Thoughtful Man Hope for Mankind on Earth, Given the Experience of the Past Million Years? Only verse: Nothing."

Title: What Can a Thoughtful Man Hope for Mankind on Earth, Given the Experience of the Past Million Years? Only verse: Nothing.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "Somebody will beat both [contents and price] sooner or later because that is good old Free Enterprise, where the consumer benefits from battles between jolly green giants."

Somebody will beat both [contents and price] sooner or later because that is good old Free Enterprise, where the consumer benefits from battles between jolly green giants.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "He had had no experience in asking for a job with a big organization, and Mr. Dilling was making him aware of what a fine art it was--if you couldn't run a machine. A duel was under way."

He had had no experience in asking for a job with a big organization, and Mr. Dilling was making him aware of what a fine art it was--if you couldn't run a machine. A duel was under way.



Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes: "The primary benefit of practicing any art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one's soul to grow."

The primary benefit of practicing any art, whether well or badly, is that it enables one's soul to grow.