Kurt Vonnegut Quotes & Wallpapers

Kurt Vonnegut
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Luck is not the hand of God.... Luck is the way the wind swirls and the dust settles eons after God has passed by. Kurt Vonnegut

It is never a mistake to say good-bye. Kurt Vonnegut

The crowd, having been promised nothing, felt cheated, having received nothing. Kurt Vonnegut

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place. Kurt Vonnegut

The Population Reference Bureau predicts that the world's total population will double to 7,000,000,000 before the year 2000. I suppose they will all want dignity, I said. Kurt Vonnegut

The most exquisite pleasure in the practice of medicine comes from nudging a layman in the direction of terror, then bringing him back to safety again. Kurt Vonnegut

I just know that there are plenty of people who are in terrible trouble and can't get out. And so I'm impatient with those who think that it's easy for people to get out of trouble. Kurt Vonnegut

Virtually every writer I know would rather be a musician. Kurt Vonnegut

Here was what Kilgore Trout cried out to me in my father's voice: "Make me young, make me young, make me young! Kurt Vonnegut

So I went to New York City to be born again. It was and remains easy for most Americans to go somewhere else and start anew. I wasn't like my parents. I didn't have any supposedly sacred piece of land or shoals of friends to leave behind. Nowhere has the number zero been of more philisophical value than in the United States.... and when the [train] plunged into a tunnel under New York City, with it's lining of pipes and wires, I was out of the womb and into the birth canal. Kurt Vonnegut

An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Kurt Vonnegut

Never trust a survivor until you know how they survived. Kurt Vonnegut

Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. Kurt Vonnegut

We are all experiments in enthusiasms, narrow and preordained. Kurt Vonnegut

Those who live by electronics die by electronics. Sic semper tyrannis. Kurt Vonnegut

Why were so many Americans treated by their government as though their lives were as disposable as facial tissues? Because that was the way authors customarily treated bit-part players in their made-up tales. Kurt Vonnegut

I want you to adore the Universe, to be easily delighted, but to be prompt as well with impatience with those artists who offend your own deep notions of what the Universe is or should be. 'This above all ...' Kurt Vonnegut

Symbols can be so beautiful, sometimes. Kurt Vonnegut

man is vile, and man makes nothing worth making, knows nothing worth knowing. Kurt Vonnegut

Perhaps some people really are born unhappy. I surely hope not. Speaking for my sister and myself: We were born with the capacity and determination to be utterly happy all the time. Perhaps even in this we were freaks. Hi ho. Kurt Vonnegut

And what gift of America to the rest of the world is actually most appreciated by the rest of the world? It is African American jazz and its offshoots. What is my definition of jazz? Safe sex of the highest order. Kurt Vonnegut

You can't just eat good food. You've got to talk about it too. Kurt Vonnegut

My God, the religious right will not acknowledge what a merciful person Jesus was. Kurt Vonnegut

The biggest truth to face now - what is probably making me unfunny now for the remainder of my life - is that I don't think people give a damn whether the planet goes or not. It seems to me as if everyone is living as members of Alcoholics Anonymous do, day by day. And a few more days will be enough. I know of very few people who are dreaming of a world for their grandchildren. Kurt Vonnegut

We're a terribly lonesome society. For all I know, all societies are. You can make a few new friends, that's all. You can't change history. History is happening to us now. Kurt Vonnegut

People are lying all the time as to what a murderous nation we are. So let it be known. We're behaving abominably. It's like having a relative go absolutely nuts. Somebody has to say, "I think Uncle Charlie's off his rocker." We are behaving in a bizarre manner. Kurt Vonnegut

That speci?c remedy for the worldwide epidemic of depression is a gift called the blues. Kurt Vonnegut

The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. Kurt Vonnegut

I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did'. Kurt Vonnegut

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. Kurt Vonnegut

People hate it when they're tickled because laughter is not pleasant, if it goes on too long. I think it's a desperate sort of convulsion in desperate circumstances, which helps a little. Kurt Vonnegut

My theory is that all women have hydrofluoric acid bottled up inside, he wrote. Kurt Vonnegut

Here lies Howard Campbell's essence, Freed from his body's noisome nuisance. His body, empty, prowls the earth, Earning what a body's worth. If his body and his essence remain apart, Burn his body, but spare this, his heart. Kurt Vonnegut

He was a graduate of West Point, a military academy which turned young men into homicidal maniacs for use in war. Kurt Vonnegut

Hey - guess what: You're the only creature with free will. How does that make you feel? Kurt Vonnegut

It is a gruesome Disneyland. Nobody is cute there. Kurt Vonnegut

George W. Bush has gathered around him upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography. Kurt Vonnegut

During the Vietnam War, Abbie Hoffman announced that the new high was banana peels taken rectally. So then FBI scientists stuffed banana peels up their asses to find out if this was true or not. Kurt Vonnegut

What is it, what can it possibly be about blowjobs and golf? Kurt Vonnegut

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

I just don't think people get off on language anymore. Language used to be an elevated art. It used to be for people what music can be. But people don't learn to do that anymore, so eloquence is merely a matter of waste. Who needs a good vocabulary and proper English? Eloquence - it's dead and who needs it? Kurt Vonnegut

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

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. Kurt Vonnegut

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

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand. Kurt Vonnegut

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. Kurt Vonnegut

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

A book is an arrangement of twenty-six phonetic symbols, ten numerals, and about eight punctuation marks, and people can cast their eyes over these and envision the eruption of Mount Vesuvius or the Battle of Waterloo. Kurt Vonnegut

Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly; Man got to sit and wonder 'why, why, why?' Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land; Man got to tell himself he understand. Kurt Vonnegut

The function of the artist is to make people like life better than they have before. Kurt Vonnegut

All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies. Kurt Vonnegut

Much of the conversation in the country consisted of lines from television shows, both past and present. Kurt Vonnegut

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

I found me a place where I can do good without doing any harm, and I can see I'm doing good, and them I'm doing good for know I'm doing it, and they love me, Unk, as best they can. I found me a home. Kurt Vonnegut

Any form of government, not just Capitalism, is whatever people who have all our money, drunk or sober, sane or insane, decide to do today. Kurt Vonnegut

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. Kurt Vonnegut

Science is magic that works. Kurt Vonnegut

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

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

I am a Tralfamadorian, seeing all time as you might see a stretch of the Rocky Mountains. All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Kurt Vonnegut

Suicide is the punctuation mark at the end of many artistic careers Kurt Vonnegut

No matter how wonderful a sentence is, if it doesn't add new and useful information, it should be removed. Kurt Vonnegut

Mark Twain was so good with crowds that he became, in competition with singers and dancers and actors and acrobats, one of the most popular performers of his time. It is so unusual, and so psychologically unlikely, too, for a great writer to be a great performer, too.... Kurt Vonnegut

If people insist on living as if there's no tomorrow, there really won't be one. Kurt Vonnegut

Pretend to be good always and even God will be fooled. Kurt Vonnegut

I love you, because the love you gave me was the only love I've ever had, the only love I ever will have Kurt Vonnegut

When a man becomes a writer, I think he takes on a sacred obligation to produce beauty and enlighenment and comfort at top speed Kurt Vonnegut

I think I succeeded as a writer because I did not come out of an English department. I used to write in the chemistry department. And I wrote some good stuff. If I had been in the English department, the prof would have looked at my short stories, congratulated me on my talent, and then showed me how Joyce or Hemingway handled the same elements of the short story. The prof would have placed me in competition with the greatest writers of all time, and that would have ended my writing career. Kurt Vonnegut

Tis better to have love and lust Than to let our apparatus rust. Kurt Vonnegut

And what do the birds say? All there is to say about a massacre, things like "Poo-tee-weet? Kurt Vonnegut

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