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

— Kurt Vonnegut

The most cheering Kurt Vonnegut quotes that will activate your inner potential

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


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

Kurt Vonnegut quote A sane person to an insane society must

A sane person to an insane society must appear insane.


True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.

Kurt Vonnegut quote True terror is to wake up one morning an

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.


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


Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.


Try the Top 10 quotes and images by Kurt Vonnegut

Or check the curated lists with quotes from Kurt Vonnegut:
Quotes about People
Quotes about Life
Quotes about Science

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 quote Here we are, trapped in the amber of the

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


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


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


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 quote To practice any art, no matter how well

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


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.


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.


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

Kurt Vonnegut quote We have to continually be jumping off cl

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


About Kurt Vonnegut

Quotes 1005 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Author
Birthday November 11, 1922

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


Like all real heroes, Charley had a fatal flaw.

He refused to believe that he had gonorrhea, whereas the truth was that he did.


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.


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.


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


Our awareness is all that is alive and maybe sacred in any of us.

Everything else about us is dead machinery.


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


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.


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.


There's a Chaplain who never visited the front.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


Most writers are not quick-witted when they talk.

Novelists, in particular, drag themselves around in society like gut-shot bears.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


What war has always been is a puberty ceremony.


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


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


Maybe they invited me because they know I have a tuxedo


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


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


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


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.