Kurt Vonnegut

1922 -

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. on community and prejudice

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.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

Source: Wampeters, Foma and Granfallons, Playboy Interview, 1973

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on evolution, glory, and survival

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.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

Source: The Observer, 27 December 1987.

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on ignorance, people, and resentment

He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

Source: words of Bokonon in Cat's Cradle

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on learning

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

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

Source: words of Bokonon in Cat's Cradle

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on frustration, laughter, and tears

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion . . . . I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on information, justice, life, people, and persuasion

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 bitterness, disappointment, existence, laughter, maturity, and remedies

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on society and writers

Most writers are not quick-witted when they talk. Novelists, in particular, drag themselves around in society like gut-shot bears.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

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A Quote by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. on architecture, books, musicians, people, and singers

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 really talk, make paltry human enterprises seem important. Singers and musicians show us human beings making sounds far more lovely than human beings really make. Architects give us temples in which something marvelous is obviously going on. Actually, practically nothing is going on.

Kurt Vonnegut (1922 -)

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