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

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




Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "There is a tragic flaw in our precious constitution, and I don't know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president."

There is a tragic flaw in our precious constitution, and I don't know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president.




Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "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."

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.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "He didn't look like a soldier at all. He looked like a filthy flamingo."

He didn't look like a soldier at all. He looked like a filthy flamingo.




Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "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."

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 Quotes: "Perhaps I am the turtle, able to live simply anywhere, even underwater for short periods, with my home on my back."

Perhaps I am the turtle, able to live simply anywhere, even underwater for short periods, with my home on my back.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "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."

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.




Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different."

We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own."

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before."

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.



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

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 Quotes: "Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college."

Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.




Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead."

Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "We're terrible animals. I think that the Earth's immune system is trying to get rid of us, as well it should."

We're terrible animals. I think that the Earth's immune system is trying to get rid of us, as well it should.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us."

One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look."

There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Like all real heroes, Charley had a fatal flaw. He refused to believe that he had gonorrhea, whereas the truth was that he did."

Like all real heroes, Charley had a fatal flaw. He refused to believe that he had gonorrhea, whereas the truth was that he did.



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

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



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Our awareness is all that is alive and maybe sacred in any of us. Everything else about us is dead machinery."

Our awareness is all that is alive and maybe sacred in any of us. Everything else about us is dead machinery.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "It's a terrible waste to be happy and not notice it."

It's a terrible waste to be happy and not notice it.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "There's a Chaplain who never visited the front."

There's a Chaplain who never visited the front.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours."

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



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable."

The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Most writers are not quick-witted when they talk. Novelists, in particular, drag themselves around in society like gut-shot bears."

Most writers are not quick-witted when they talk. Novelists, in particular, drag themselves around in society like gut-shot bears.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Doesn't anything socialistic make you want to throw up? Like great public schools, or health insurance for all?"

Doesn't anything socialistic make you want to throw up? Like great public schools, or health insurance for all?



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Everything is nothing, with a twist."

Everything is nothing, with a twist.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Evolution is so creative. That's how we got giraffes."

Evolution is so creative. That's how we got giraffes.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "You meet saints everywhere. They can be anywhere. They are people behaving decently in an indecent society."

You meet saints everywhere. They can be anywhere. They are people behaving decently in an indecent society.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine."

I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "What war has always been is a puberty ceremony."

What war has always been is a puberty ceremony.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Science is magic that works."

Science is magic that works.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Smoking is the only honorable form of suicide."

Smoking is the only honorable form of suicide.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum."

Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Nietzsche had a little one-liner on how to choose a wife. He said, ''Are you willing to have a conversation with this woman for the next forty years?'' That's how to pick a wife."

Nietzsche had a little one-liner on how to choose a wife. He said, ''Are you willing to have a conversation with this woman for the next forty years?'' That's how to pick a wife.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why."

Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "I still catch myself feeling sad about things that don’t matter anymore."

I still catch myself feeling sad about things that don’t matter anymore.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Having a yacht is a reason for being more cheerful than most."

Having a yacht is a reason for being more cheerful than most.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic, and in tough times of my life I can listen to music and it makes such a difference."

Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic, and in tough times of my life I can listen to music and it makes such a difference.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Maybe they invited me because they know I have a tuxedo"

Maybe they invited me because they know I have a tuxedo



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep."

And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "If somebody says, "I love you," to me, I feel as though I had a pistol pointed at my head. What can anybody reply under such conditions but that which the pistol-holder requires? "I love you, too.""

If somebody says, "I love you," to me, I feel as though I had a pistol pointed at my head. What can anybody reply under such conditions but that which the pistol-holder requires? "I love you, too."



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "I could go on to speak of sanity as compared with insanity, decency as compared with vandalism, friendship as compared with rabies."

I could go on to speak of sanity as compared with insanity, decency as compared with vandalism, friendship as compared with rabies.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance."

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



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "You don't do art for any other reason than to help your soul grow."

You don't do art for any other reason than to help your soul grow.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "...this is a hard world to be ludicrous in, with so many human beings so reluctant to laugh, so incapable of thought, so eager to believe and snarl and hate."

...this is a hard world to be ludicrous in, with so many human beings so reluctant to laugh, so incapable of thought, so eager to believe and snarl and hate.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted."

Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time."

There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it."

To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.



Kurt Vonnegut Quotes: "We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down."

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.