Kurt Vonnegut

1922 -

A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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 (1922 -)

Source: Breakfast of Champions, Pages: 213

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

What is the purpose of life? ... To be the eyes, and ears, and conscience of the creator of the universe; you fool.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

Source: Breakfast of Champions

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on life and democracy


I'd like to teach Iraq about Democracy because we're so
experienced with it. First they should know that after 100 years they
should free their slaves. Then after 150 years they should give their
women the right to vote. Oh, and of course when they start it all they
should begin with some genocide and ethnic cleansing.  Kurt Vonnegut-
Appearance on The Daily Show (September 2005)

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

Source: http://www.translatum.gr/forum/index.php/topic,1682.0.html

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on paradigm, box, trapped, and life

To the as-yet unborn, to all innocent wisps of undifferentiated nothingness: Watch out for life. 

I have caught life. I have come down with life.   I was a wisp of undifferentiated nothingness, and then a little peephole opened quite suddenly. Light and sound poured in. Voices began to describe me and my surroundings. Nothing they said could be appealed. They said I was a boy named Christopher Webster, and that was that. They said the year was 1968, and that was that. They said I was in Leeds, England, and that was that. 

They never shut up. Year after year they piled detail upon detail. They do it still. You know what they say now? They say the year is 1982, and that I am fifty years old.

Blah blah blah.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

Source: Dead-eye Dick - 1983

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on thinking, information, and life

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.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on fiction, mistakes, science, and seriousness

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 (1922 -)

Source: Wampeters, Foma and Granfallons, Science Fiction, 1974.

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

There's only one me, and I'm stuck with him.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

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

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on caring, language, and style

Find a subject you care about and which you feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on earth

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

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

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