Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-11-11 - 2007-04-11) was an American novelist known for works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction.
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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.

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Some jerk infected the Internet with an outright lie. It shows how easy it is to do and how credulous people are.

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Ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I've said before, bugs in amber.

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

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During my three years in Vietnam, I certainly heard plenty of last words by dying American footsoldiers. Not one of them, however, had illusions that he had somehow accomplished something worthwhile in the process of making the Supreme Sacrifice.

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

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

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Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand

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If you would be unloved and forgotten, be reasonable.

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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.

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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.

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Here's what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey.

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

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

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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'.

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Charm was a scheme for making strangers like and trust a person immediately, no matter what the charmer had in mind.

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Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the Universe.

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

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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?

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