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  • What's the point of being alive," she said, "if you're not going to communicate?

    Kurt Vonnegut (2009). “Bluebeard: A Novel”, p.39, Dial Press
  • People like to feel entitled, whether they're actually entitled or not.

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  • As in my other works of fiction: All persons living and dead are purely coincidental, and should not be construed. No names have been changed to protect the innocent. Angels protect the innocent as a matter of Heavenly routine.

    Kurt Vonnegut (1999). “Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction”, Putnam Publishing Group
  • Anything can make me stop and look and wonder, and sometimes learn.

    Kurt Vonnegut (2009). “Cat's Cradle: A Novel”, p.11, Dial Press
  • It distresses me deeply that ideas are not to be circulated freely in the USA if certain persons have their way. One of the things that was great about this country was that I could say anything and that everyone else could say anything and we would compare all possible ideas and arrive at opinions.

  • Since Alice had never received any religious instruction, and since she had led a blameless life, she never thought of her awful luck as being anything but accidents in a very busy place. Good for her.

    Kurt Vonnegut (2010). “Slapstick or Lonesome No More”, p.9, Random House
  • We few, we happy few, we band of brothers - joined in the serious business of keeping our food, shelter, clothing and loved ones from combining with oxygen.

    "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater". Book by Kurt Vonnegut, 1965.
  • It seems to me that the most universal revolutionary wish now or ever is a wish for heaven, a wish by a human being to be honored by angels for something other than beauty or usefulness.

    Kurt Vonnegut (1982). “Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage”, Dell Books
  • No good at life, but very funny sometimes with the commentary.

    Kurt Vonnegut (1982). “Deadeye Dick”, Delacorte Press
  • I don't know what anybody else in the world would want to thank America for, but man, it [jazz] works. What I like about it - and what public health people ought to like about it - it's safe sex.

  • Harry closed his eyes. He never wanted to open them again. His heart sent this message to his molecules: "For reasons obvious to all of us, this galaxy is dissolved!

    Kurt Vonnegut (1973). “Breakfast of champions: or, Goodbye blue Monday!”, Dell
  • Only nut cases want to be president. This was true even in high school. Only clearly disturbed people ran for class president.

    Kurt Vonnegut (2011). “A Man Without a Country”, p.102, Seven Stories Press
  • How complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is.

    Kurt Vonnegut (2009). “Cat's Cradle: A Novel”, p.66, Dial Press
  • The arts are not a way to make a living.

    Kurt Vonnegut (2011). “A Man Without a Country”, p.24, Seven Stories Press
  • People took such awful chances with chemicals and their bodies because they wanted the quality of their lives to improve. They lived in ugly places where there were only ugly things to do. They didn't own doodley-squat, so they couldn't improve their surroundings. so they did their best to make their insides beautiful instead.

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    Kurt Vonnegut (1973). “Breakfast of champions: or, Goodbye blue Monday!”, Dell
  • I'm a doctor of cowshit, pigshit, and chickenshit.....when you doctors figure out what you want, you'll find me out in the barn shoveling my thesis.

  • The dog, who had sounded so ferocious in the winter distances, was a female German Shepherd. She was shivering. Her tail was between her legs. She had been borrowed that morning from a farmer. She had never been to war before. She had no idea what game was being played. Her name was Princess.

    KURT VONNEGUT JR (1969). “SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE”
  • We were German-Americans in a British colony, so we were outsiders.

  • Your eloquence should be the servant of the ideas in your head. Your rule might be this: If a sentence, no matter how excellent, does not illuminate your subject in some new and useful way, scratch it out.

    Kurt Vonnegut (1982). “Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage”, Dell Books
  • Thinking doesn't seem to help very much. The human brain is too high-powered to have many practical uses in this particular universe.

    Kurt Vonnegut (1988). “Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut”, p.81, Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • The slaves were simply turned loose without any property. They were easily recognizable. They were black. They were suddenly free to go exploring.

    Kurt Vonnegut (1973). “Breakfast of champions: or, Goodbye blue Monday!”, Dell
  • Well, we are terribly divided politically, yes, and, you know, I don't mean to intimidate you and your listeners but I have a master's degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago.

    "Kurt Vonnegut Judges Modern Society". "Morning Edition" with Steve Inskeep, www.npr.org. January 23, 2006.
  • Do you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being? Isn't it such a relief to have somebody say that?

  • If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.

  • Fathers are always so proud the first time they see their sons in uniform," she said. "I know Big John Karpinski was," I said. He is my neighbor to the north, of course. Big John's son Little John did badly in high school, and the police caught him selling dope. So he joined the Army while the Vietnam War was going on. And the first time he came home in uniform, I never saw Big John so happy, because it looked to him as though Little John was all straightened out and would amount to something. But then Little John came home in a body bag.

    Kurt Vonnegut (1998). “Bluebeard”, Dial Press
  • I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.

    Kurt Vonnegut (2007). “The Sirens of Titan”, p.247, Dial Press
  • How embarrassing it is to be human.

  • We could have saved the earth, but we were too damned cheap.

    "If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young". Book by Kurt Vonnegut, 2013.
  • Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.

    Kurt Vonnegut (2009). “Mother Night: A Novel”, p.160, Dial Press
  • I chose cultural anthropology, since it offered the greatest opportunity to write high-minded balderdash.

    Kurt Vonnegut (1981). “Palm Sunday: an autobiographical collage”
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