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Kurt Vonnegut
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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
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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
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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
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Virtually every writer I know would rather be a musician. Kurt Vonnegut
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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
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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
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Symbols can be so beautiful, sometimes. Kurt Vonnegut
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man is vile, and man makes nothing worth making, knows nothing worth knowing. Kurt Vonnegut
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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
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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
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An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Kurt Vonnegut
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Never trust a survivor until you know how they survived. Kurt Vonnegut
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Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. Kurt Vonnegut
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We are all experiments in enthusiasms, narrow and preordained. Kurt Vonnegut
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Those who live by electronics die by electronics. Sic semper tyrannis. Kurt Vonnegut
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It is never a mistake to say good-bye. Kurt Vonnegut
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The crowd, having been promised nothing, felt cheated, having received nothing. Kurt Vonnegut
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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
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You meet saints everywhere. They can be anywhere. They are people behaving decently in an indecent society. Kurt Vonnegut
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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
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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
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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
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Science is magic that works. Kurt Vonnegut
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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
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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
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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
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Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. Kurt Vonnegut
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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
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The function of the artist is to make people like life better than they have before. Kurt Vonnegut
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All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies. Kurt Vonnegut
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Much of the conversation in the country consisted of lines from television shows, both past and present. Kurt Vonnegut
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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
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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
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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. Kurt Vonnegut
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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
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My theory is that all women have hydrofluoric acid bottled up inside, he wrote. Kurt Vonnegut
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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
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He was a graduate of West Point, a military academy which turned young men into homicidal maniacs for use in war. Kurt Vonnegut
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Hey - guess what: You're the only creature with free will. How does that make you feel? Kurt Vonnegut
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It is a gruesome Disneyland. Nobody is cute there. Kurt Vonnegut
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George W. Bush has gathered around him upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography. Kurt Vonnegut
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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
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What is it, what can it possibly be about blowjobs and golf? Kurt Vonnegut
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We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different. Kurt Vonnegut
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My God, the religious right will not acknowledge what a merciful person Jesus was. Kurt Vonnegut
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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
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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
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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
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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
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That speci?c remedy for the worldwide epidemic of depression is a gift called the blues. Kurt Vonnegut
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The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. Kurt Vonnegut
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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
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You can't just eat good food. You've got to talk about it too. Kurt Vonnegut
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We are all what we pretend to be, but, we had better be very careful what we pretend. Kurt Vonnegut
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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. Kurt Vonnegut
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In real life as in grand opera, arias only make hopeless situations worse. Kurt Vonnegut
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Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand. Kurt Vonnegut
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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
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Montana was naked, and so was Billy, of course. He had a tremendous wang, incidentally. You never know who'll get one. Kurt Vonnegut
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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
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The secret to success in any human endeavor is total concentration. Kurt Vonnegut
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The arts are not a way to make a living, Kurt Vonnegut
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A lover's a liar, To himself he lies, The truthful are loveless, Like oysters their eyes! Kurt Vonnegut
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When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse, all he thinks is that the dead person is in bad condition in the particular moment, but that the same person is just fine in plenty of other moments. Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is "So it goes. Kurt Vonnegut
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As stupid and vicious as men are, this is a lovely day. Kurt Vonnegut
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You don't do art for any other reason than to help your soul grow. Kurt Vonnegut
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Earthlings are the great explainers, explaining why this event is structured as it is, telling how other events may be achieved or avoided. Kurt Vonnegut
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How's the patient?" asked Derby. "Dead to the world." "But not actually dead." "No." "How nice - to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive. Kurt Vonnegut
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The master of ceremonies asked people to say what they thought the function of the novel might be in modern society, and one critic said, "To provide touches of color in rooms with all-white walls." Another one said, "To describe blow-jobs artistically. Kurt Vonnegut
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I've been living alone for so long, everything about me's private. I'm surprised anyone's able to understand a word I say. Kurt Vonnegut
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