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

  • Appearance

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

  • wisdom

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

  • Character

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

  • Pretending



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

  • life

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.

  • Individuality

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

  • creativity

How nice -- to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.

  • catatonia

There is no order in the world around us, we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead.

  • Conformity

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

  • amber

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.

  • frustration

If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.

  • anything

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

  • beware

And so it goes...

  • classics

If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC

  • blues

It was a thunderingly beautiful experience -- voluptuous, sexual, dangerous, and expensive as hell.

  • Space

All persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental.

  • humor

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

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

  • Knowledge

We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.

  • World

I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.

  • anybody

Belief is nearly the whole of the universe whether based on truth or not.

  • bluebeard

People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order, so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say.

  • Communication

Thinking doesn't seem to help very much. The human brain is too high-powered to have many practical uses in this particular universe.

  • Mind

Unusual travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.

  • Travel

I want to stand 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.

  • writer

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.

  • humour

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything.

  • anything

I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.

  • insightful

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.

  • activism


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A sane person to an insane society must appear insane. - Kurt Vonnegut

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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Kurt Vonnegut quotes about life

What are the best life quotations by Kurt Vonnegut?

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

  • life

How nice -- to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.

  • catatonia

If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC

  • blues

I want to stand 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.

  • writer

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.

  • activism

The bounties of space, of infinite outwardness, were three: empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless death.

  • absurd

Mankind flung its advance agents ever outward, ever outward. Eventually it flung them out into space, into the colorless, tasteless, weightless sea of outwardness without end. It flung them like stones.

  • life

In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in his cosmic loneliness. And God said, Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done. And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat, looked around, and spoke. What is the purpose of all this? he asked politely. Everything must have a purpose? asked God. Certainly, said man. Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this, said God. And He went away.

  • creation

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

  • existentialism

Trout was petrified there on Forty-second Street. It had given him a life not worth living, but I had also given him an iron will to live. This was a common combination on the planet Earth.

  • life

You know what truth is? [...] It's some crazy thing my neighbor believes. If I want to make friends with him, I ask him what he believes. He tells me, and I say, Yeah, yeah - ain't it the truth?

  • humor

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Kurt Vonnegut quotes about humor

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Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.

  • frustration

All persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental.

  • humor

The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon.

  • humor

Montana was naked, and so was Billy, of course. He had a tremendous wang, incidentally. You never know who'll get one.

  • humor

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.

  • humor

1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.

  • humor

Well finish your story anyway. Where was I? The bubonic plague. The bulldozer was stalled by corpses. Oh, yes. Anyway, one sleepless night I stayed up with Father while he worked. It was all we could do to find a live patient to treat. In bed after bed after bed we found dead people. And Father started giggling, Castle continued. He couldn't stop. He walked out into the night with his flashlight. He was still giggling. He was making the flashlight beam dance over all the dead people stacked outside. He put his hand on my head and do you know what that marvelous man said to me? asked Castle. Nope. 'Son,' my father said to me, 'someday this will all be yours.

  • humor

The only difference between Hitler and Bush is that Hitler was elected.

  • humor

You know what truth is? [...] It's some crazy thing my neighbor believes. If I want to make friends with him, I ask him what he believes. He tells me, and I say, Yeah, yeah - ain't it the truth?

  • humor

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Kurt Vonnegut quotes about people

What are the best people quotations by Kurt Vonnegut?

We are all what we pretend to be, but, we had better be very careful what we pretend.

  • People

If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy.

  • enemy

People don't come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God.

  • church

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.

  • alone

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

  • communities

People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say.

  • anything

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Kurt Vonnegut quotes about philosophy

What are the best philosophy quotations by Kurt Vonnegut?

The bounties of space, of infinite outwardness, were three: empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless death.

  • absurd

Mankind flung its advance agents ever outward, ever outward. Eventually it flung them out into space, into the colorless, tasteless, weightless sea of outwardness without end. It flung them like stones.

  • life

Anyway -- because we are readers, we don't have to wait for some communications executive to decide what we should think about next -- and how we should think about it. We can fill our heads with anything from aardvarks to zucchinis -- at any time of night or day.

  • philosophy

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

  • existentialism

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

  • creativity

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.

  • art

When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.

  • crayon

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.

  • college

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We are all what we pretend to be, but, we had better be very careful what we pretend.

  • People

If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy.

  • enemy

Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?

  • bound

Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-God damn it, you've got to be kind.

  • fact



In the water I am beautiful.

  • reassuring

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.

  • art

I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival.

  • Intelligence

It is a very mixed blessing to be brought back from the dead.

  • blessing

People don't come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God.

  • church

The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.

  • big

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.

  • armor

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.

  • center

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.

  • alone

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

  • gives

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

  • communities

The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal.

  • equality

To whom it may concern: It is springtime. It is late afternoon.

  • afternoon

All this happened, more or less. The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true.

  • anyway

And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles. So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.

  • america

The bounties of space, of infinite outwardness, were three: empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless death.

  • absurd

The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon.

  • humor

All this happened, more or less.

  • first

If there really had been a Mercutio, and if there really were a Paradise, Mercutio might be hanging out with teenage Vietnam draftee casualties now, talking about what it felt like to die for other people's vanity and foolishness.

  • foolishness

Montana was naked, and so was Billy, of course. He had a tremendous wang, incidentally. You never know who'll get one.

  • humor

Being American is to eat a lot of beef steak, and boy, we've got a lot more beef steak than any other country, and that's why you ought to be glad you're an American. And people have started looking at these big hunks of bloody meat on their plates, you know, and wondering what on earth they think they're doing.

  • America

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.

  • Astrology

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before, Bokonon tells us. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.

  • Caution

... 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. So many people wanted to believe me! Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile!

  • Faith

Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people.

  • Illusion

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

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.

  • Love

The feeling about a soldier is, when all is said and done, he wasn't really going to do very much with his life anyway. The example usually is: he wasn't going to compose Beethoven's Fifth.

  • Military

The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. The people don't acknowledge this. They claim membership in two imaginary parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, instead.

  • Politics

There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, I said, but no good reason ever to have without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too. Where's evil? It's that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side. It's that part of every man that finds all kinds of ugliness so attractive.

  • Racism

I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled Science Fiction and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.

  • Science

We would be a lot safer if the Government would take its money out of science and put it into astrology and the reading of palms. Only in superstition is there hope. If you want to become a friend of civilization, then become an enemy of the truth and a fanatic for harmless balderdash.

  • Superstition

What war has always been is a puberty ceremony. It's a very rough one, but you went away a boy and came back a man, maybe with an eye missing or whatever but godammit you were a man and people had to call you a man thereafter.

  • War

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

  • age

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

  • careful

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.

  • again

Call me Jonah. My parents did, or nearly did. They called me John.

  • called

People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say.

  • anything

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.

  • humor

You can't just eat good food. You've got to talk about it too. And you've got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.

  • food

I wanted all things to seem to make some sense, So we could all be happy, yes, instead of tense. And I made up lies, so they all fit nice, and I made this sad world a paradise

  • consolatory

1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.

  • humor

Mankind flung its advance agents ever outward, ever outward. Eventually it flung them out into space, into the colorless, tasteless, weightless sea of outwardness without end. It flung them like stones.

  • life

In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in his cosmic loneliness. And God said, Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done. And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat, looked around, and spoke. What is the purpose of all this? he asked politely. Everything must have a purpose? asked God. Certainly, said man. Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this, said God. And He went away.

  • creation

When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.

  • crayon

You are better than you think. A-one, a-two a-three.

  • inspirational

Anyway -- because we are readers, we don't have to wait for some communications executive to decide what we should think about next -- and how we should think about it. We can fill our heads with anything from aardvarks to zucchinis -- at any time of night or day.

  • philosophy

That's the point. Every kind of animal thinks its own kind of animal is wonderful. So people getting married think they're wonderful, and that they're going to have a baby-- that's wonderful, when actually they're as ugly as rhinoceroses. Just because we think we're so wonderful doesn't mean we really are. We could be really terrible animals and just never admit it because it would hurt so much.

  • humanity

Well finish your story anyway. Where was I? The bubonic plague. The bulldozer was stalled by corpses. Oh, yes. Anyway, one sleepless night I stayed up with Father while he worked. It was all we could do to find a live patient to treat. In bed after bed after bed we found dead people. And Father started giggling, Castle continued. He couldn't stop. He walked out into the night with his flashlight. He was still giggling. He was making the flashlight beam dance over all the dead people stacked outside. He put his hand on my head and do you know what that marvelous man said to me? asked Castle. Nope. 'Son,' my father said to me, 'someday this will all be yours.

  • humor

Be patient, Ophelia. Love, Hamlet

  • shakespeare

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

  • existentialism

When the last living thing Has died on account of us, How poetical it would be If Earth could say, In a voice floating up Perhaps From the floor Of the Grand Canyon, It is done. People did not like it here.

  • wit

Trout was petrified there on Forty-second Street. It had given him a life not worth living, but I had also given him an iron will to live. This was a common combination on the planet Earth.

  • life

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.

  • not

The only difference between Hitler and Bush is that Hitler was elected.

  • humor

In real life as in grand opera, arias only make hopeless situations worse.

  • timequake

You know what truth is? [...] It's some crazy thing my neighbor believes. If I want to make friends with him, I ask him what he believes. He tells me, and I say, Yeah, yeah - ain't it the truth?

  • humor

...we took the 10 machines we agreed were the most beguiling, and we put them on permanent exhibit in the foyer of this library underneath a sign whose words can surely be applied to this whole ruined planet nowadays: THE COMPLICATED FUTILITY OF IGNORANCE

  • futility

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.

  • college

Ilium, New York, is divided into three parts.

  • first

We could have saved [the Earth] but we were too damned cheap.

  • pessimistic

All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values. Well, as an old poop I can remember back to when we had those old-fashioned values, and I say let's get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States -- and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!

  • censorship

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

  • language

He was talking about the sign that said 'THE COMPLICATED FUTILITY OF IGNORANCE.' 'All knew was that I didn't want my daughter or anybody's child to see a message that negative every time she comes into the library,' he said. 'And then I found out it was you who was responsible for it.' 'What's so negative about it?' I said. 'What could be a more negative word than futility?' he said. 'Ignorance,' I said.

  • futility

My own feeling is that if adultery is wickedness then so is food. Both make me feel so much better afterward.

  • adultery

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When Kurt Vonnegut was born? Kurt Vonnegut was born on November 11, 1922.

Who is Kurt Vonnegut? Kurt Vonnegut biography. Kurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001-2003. He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels. He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journalist before joining the U.S. Army and serving in World War II. After the war, he attended University of Chicago as a graduate student in anthropology and also worked as a police reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago. He left Chicago to work in Schenectady, New York in public relations for General Electric. He attributed his unadorned writing style to his reporting work. His experiences as an advance scout in the Battle of the Bulge, and in particular his witnessing of the bombing of Dresden, Germany whilst a prisoner of war, would inform much of his work. This event would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse-Five, the book which would make him a millionaire. This acerbic 200-page book is what most people mean when they describe a work as "Vonnegutian" in scope. Vonnegut was a self-proclaimed humanist and socialist (influenced by the style of Indiana's own Eugene V. Debs) and a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union.The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Cat's Cradle (1963), and Breakfast of Champions (1973)

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