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Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt. - Kurt Vonnegut Quotes
Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.
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Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time. - Kurt Vonnegut Quotes
Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.
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All this happened, more or less. The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true. - Kurt Vonnegut Quotes
All this happened, more or less. The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true.
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Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why. - Kurt Vonnegut Quotes
Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.
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I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different. - Kurt Vonnegut Quotes
I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.
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A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved. - Kurt Vonnegut Quotes
A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.
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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.
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I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”
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True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
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For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes (Matthew 5). But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course, that's Moses, not Jesus. I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere. "Blessed are the merciful" in a courtroom? "Blessed are the peacemakers" in the Pentagon? Give me a break!
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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.
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We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut Quotes
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.
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He didn't look like a soldier at all. He looked like a filthy flamingo. - Kurt Vonnegut Quotes
He didn't look like a soldier at all. He looked like a filthy flamingo.
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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.
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Perhaps I am the turtle, able to live simply anywhere, even underwater for short periods, with my home on my back.
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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.
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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.
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The prostitutes worked for a pimp now. He was splendid and cruel. He was a god to them. He took their free will away from them, which was perfectly all right. They didn't want it anyway. It was as though they had surrendered themselves to Jesus, for instance, so they could live unselfishly and trustingly-except that they had surrendered to a pimp instead.
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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.
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Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies - "God damn it, you've got to be kind."
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We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different. - Kurt Vonnegut Quotes
We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different.
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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.
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During the Vietnam War, which lasted longer than any war we've ever been in - and which we lost - every respectable artist in this country was against the war. It was like a laser beam. We were all aimed in the same direction. The power of this weapon turns out to be that of a custard pie dropped from a stepladder six feet high.
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Perhaps, when we remember wars, we should take off our clothes and paint ourselves blue and go on all fours all day long and grunt like pigs. That would surely be more appropriate than noble oratory and shows of flags and well-oiled guns.
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America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves... It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters.
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Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.
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Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.
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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.
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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.
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Like all real heroes, Charley had a fatal flaw. He refused to believe that he had gonorrhea, whereas the truth was that he did.
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There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look. - Kurt Vonnegut Quotes
There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look.
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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.
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Someday, someday, this crazy world will have to end, And our God will take things back that He to us did lend. And if, on that sad day, you want to scold our God, Why just go ahead and scold Him. He'll just smile and nod.
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Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what's inside you, to make your soul grow.
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I do not say that children at war do not die like men, if they have to die. To their everlasting honor and our everlasting shame, they do die like men, thus making possible the manly jubilation of patriotic holidays. But they are murdered children all the same.
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Our awareness is all that is alive and maybe sacred in any of us. Everything else about us is dead machinery.
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We're terrible animals. I think that the Earth's immune system is trying to get rid of us, as well it should.
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Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.
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The sermon was based on what he claimed was a well-known fact, that there were no Atheists in foxholes. I asked Jack what he thought of the sermon afterwards, and he said, "There's a Chaplain who never visited the front.
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There's a Chaplain who never visited the front. - Kurt Vonnegut Quotes
There's a Chaplain who never visited the front.
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Sometimes I think it is a great mistake to have matter that can think and feel. It complains so. By the same token, though, I suppose that boulders and mountains and moons could be accused of being a little too phlegmatic.
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I don't know what's going on, and I'm probably not smart enough to understand if somebody was to explain it to me. All I know is we're being tested somehow, by somebody or some thing a whole lot smarter than us, and all I can do is be friendly and keep calm and try and have a nice time till it's over.
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Swoopers write a story quickly, higgledy-piggledy, crinkum-crankum, any which way. Then they go over it again painstakingly, fixing everything that is just plain awful or doesn’t work. Bashers go one sentence at a time, getting it exactly right before they go on to the next one. When they’re done they’re done.
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The words were a paraphrase of the suggestion of Jesus: "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's." Bokonon's paraphrase was this: "Pay no attention to Caesar. Caesar doesn't have the slightest idea what's really going on.
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Because we grew up surrounded by big dramatic story arcs in books and movies, we think our lives are supposed to be filled with huge ups and downs. So people pretend there is drama where there is none.
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We'd been apart so long--I'd been dead so long," she said in English. "I thought surely you'd built a new life, with no room in it for me. I'd hoped that." "My life is nothing but room for you." I said. "It could never be filled by anyone but you.
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A first grader should understand that her or his culture isn't a rational invention; that there are thousands of other cultures and they all work pretty well; that all cultures function on faith rather than truth; that there are lots of alternatives to our own society...Cultural relativity is defensible, attractive. It's a source of hope. It means we don't have to continue this way if we don't like it.
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Most writers are not quick-witted when they talk. Novelists, in particular, drag themselves around in society like gut-shot bears.
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The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. - Kurt Vonnegut Quotes
The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable.
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I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours. - Kurt Vonnegut Quotes
I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.
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Doesn't anything socialistic make you want to throw up? Like great public schools, or health insurance for all?
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Kilgore Trout once wrote a short story which was a dialogue between two pieces of yeast. They were discussing the possible purposes of life as they ate sugar and suffocated in their own excrement. Because of their limited intelligence, they never came close to guessing that they were making champagne.
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