93 Total Quotes

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes

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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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#American Author #Class

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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.
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#Illusion

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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.
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#Government #Superstition

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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.
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#American Author

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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.
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#American Author

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Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.
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History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.
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#History

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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.
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#American Author #Cancer

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Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.
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#American Author

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

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

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I am of course a skeptic about the divinity of Christ and a scorner of the notion that there is a God who cares how we are or what we do
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#Atheism

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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.
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#America

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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.
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#American Author #Evolution

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Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.
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#Advice

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I want to congratulate librarians,...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.
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#America

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The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal.
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#American Author

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We are impossibly conceited animals, and actually dumb as heck. Ask any teacher. You don't even have to as a teacher. Ask anybody. Dogs and cats are smarter than we are.
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#Animals

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There's only one me, and I'm stuck with him.
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#Love #Self-love

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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.
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#American Author

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.The insane, on occasion, are not without their charms
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#Insanity

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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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#American Author #Astrology

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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.
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#American Author

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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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#Arrogance