Kurt Vonnegut (Writer)

#49747 Kurt Vonnegut

I was taught that the was the crowningofso far, but I think it’s a very poor scheme for . .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about think
#49748 Kurt Vonnegut

I sometimes wondered what the use of any of thewas. The best thing I could come up with was what I call the of the arts. This theory says that artists are useful tobecause they are so sensitive. They are super-sensitive. They keel over like canaries in poison coal mines long before more robust types realize that there is anywhatsoever. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about time
#49749 Kurt Vonnegut

High school is closer to the core of theexperience than anything else I can think of. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about experience
#49750 Kurt Vonnegut

I was taught in the sixth grade that we had a standing army of just over a hundred thousand men and that the generals had nothing to say about what was done in Washington. I was taught to be proud of that and to pity Europe for having more than a million men under arms and spending all theiron airplanes and tanks. I simply never unlearned junior civics. I stillin it. I got a very good grade. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about men
#49751 Kurt Vonnegut

Well, I've worried some about, you know, why write... why are we teaching people to write books when presidents and senators do notthem, and generals do not read them. And it's been the university experience that taught me that there is a veryreason, that you catch people before they become generals and presidents and so forth and youtheirwith ... , and however you want to poison their minds, it's presumably to encourage them to make a better . .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about books
#49752 Kurt Vonnegut

Find a subject you care about. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about you
#49754 Kurt Vonnegut

1. Find a subject you care about. 2. Do not ramble, though. 3. Keep it . 4. Have the guts to cut. 5. Sound like yourself. 6. Say what youto say. 7.the readers. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about self
#49755 Kurt Vonnegut

The telling ofis anof its own, and it always rises from somethreat. The best jokes are , and dangerous because they are in some way . .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about anger
#49756 Kurt Vonnegut

You learn aboutby the accidents you have, over and over again, and your father is always in your head when that stuff happens. Writing, most of the time, for most people, is an accident and your father is there for that, too. You know, I taughtfor a while and whenever somebody would tell me they were going to write about their dad, I would tell them they might as well go write about killing puppies because neither story was going to work. It just doesn't work. Your father won't let it happen. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about time
#49758 Kurt Vonnegut

One of the great American tragedies is to have participated in a just . It's been possible for politicians and movie-makers to encourage us we're alwaysguys. The Second World War absolutely had to be fought. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. But we never talk about thewe kill. This is never spoken of. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about art
#49759 Kurt Vonnegut

I urge you to please notice when you are , and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, "If this isn't nice, I don't know what is." .

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#49760 Kurt Vonnegut

We're terrible . I think that the 's immune system is trying to get rid of us, as well it should. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about think
#49761 Kurt Vonnegut

I do feel thatis being controlled by some sort of divine engineer. ... That’s why we’ve got giraffes and hippopotami and the clap. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about control
#49762 Kurt Vonnegut

I have wanted to give Iraq a lesson in— because we’re experienced with it, you know. And, in democracy, after a hundred years, you have to let yourgo. And, after a hundred and fifty years, you have to let yourvote. And, at theof democracy, is that quite a bit of genocide and ethnic cleansing is quite okay. And that’s what’s going on now. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about experience
#49763 Kurt Vonnegut

I do feel thatis being controlled by some sort of divine engineer. I can't help thinking that. And this engineer knows exactly what he or she is doing and why, and where evolution is headed. That’s why we’ve got giraffes and hippopotami and the clap. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about thinking
#49764 Kurt Vonnegut

[When Vonnegut tells his wife he's going out to buy an envelope] Oh, she says, well, you're not a poor man. You know, why don't you go online and buy a hundred envelopes and put them in the closet? And so I pretend not to hear her. And go out to get an envelope because I'm going to have a hell of a in the process of buying one envelope. I meet a lot of . And, see some great looking babes. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the thumbs up. And, and ask awhat kind ofthat is. And, and I don't know. The moral of the story is, is we're here onto fart around. And, of course, thewill do us out of that. And, what the computer people don't realize, or they don't care, is we're dancing . You know, weto move around. And, we're not supposed toat all anymore. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about art
#49765 Kurt Vonnegut

THE ONLYHEFOR THE EXISTENCE OFWAS .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about existence
#49766 Kurt Vonnegut

Where is ? I've wondered where home is, and I realized, it's not Mars or someplace like that, it's Indianapolis when I was nine years old. I had aand a , aand a , and aand aand uncles and aunts. And there's no way I can get there again. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about home
#49767 Kurt Vonnegut

If I should ever ,forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLYHEFOR THE EXISTENCE OFWAS .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about existence
#49768 Kurt Vonnegut

Well, I just want to say thatis the syphilis president. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about want
#49769 Kurt Vonnegut

I don't think there would be many , if there weren't constant frustration and ... .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about man
#49770 Kurt Vonnegut

The only difference betweenandis that Hitler was elected. .

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#49771 Kurt Vonnegut

I don't think there would be many , if there weren't constant frustration andand so forth. It's a response to bad troubles like . .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about man
#49772 Kurt Vonnegut

People hate it when they're tickled becauseis 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 Quotes about hate
#49773 Kurt Vonnegut

“Myis that all women have hydrofluoric acid bottled up inside,” he wrote. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about women
#49774 Kurt Vonnegut

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. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about you
#49775 Kurt Vonnegut

During the , in hundreds of Iliums over America,andlearned to get along without their men and women, who went to fight. It was thethat won the war — production with almost no manpower. In the patois of the north side of the river, it was the know-how that won the war.owed itsto know-how. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about war
#49776 Kurt Vonnegut

"You think I'm insane?" said Finnerty. Apparently he wanted more of a reaction than Paul had given him. "You're still in touch. I guess that's the test." "Barely — barely." "A psychiatrist could help. There's a good man in Albany." Finnerty shook his head. "He'd pull me back into the center, and 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." He nodded, "Big, undreamed-of things — theon the edge see them first." .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about dream
#49777 Kurt Vonnegut

If you can do a half-assedof anything, you're a one-eyed man in the kingdom of the . .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about man
#49778 Kurt Vonnegut

"Strange business," said Lasher. "This crusading spirit of theand engineers, the idea of designing and manufacturing and distributing being sort of a holy war: all that folklore was cooked up by public relations and advertising men hired by managers and engineers to make big business popular in the old days, which it certainly wasn't in the beginning. Now, the engineers and managers believe with all theirthe glorious things their forebears hired people to say about them. Yesterday's snow job becomes today's sermon." .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about war
#49779 Kurt Vonnegut

In order to get what we've got, Anita, we have, in effect, traded these people out of what was the most important thing on earth to them — the feeling of beingand useful, the foundation of -. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about art
#49780 Kurt Vonnegut

Here it was again, the most ancient of roadforks, one that Paul had glimpsed before, in Kroner's study, months ago. The choice of one course or the other had nothing to do with machines, hierarchies, economics, love, age. It was a purely internal matter. Every child older than six knew the fork, and knew what the good guys did here, and what the bad guys did here. The fork was a familiar one in folk tales the world over, and the good guys and the bad guys, whether in chaps, breechclouts, serapes, leopardskins, or banker's gray pinstripes, all separated here.Bad guys turned informer. Good guys didn't — no matter when, no matter what. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about love
#49781 Kurt Vonnegut

And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about war
#49782 Kurt Vonnegut

"Things don't stay the way they are," said Finnerty. "It's too entertaining to try to change them." .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about change
#49783 Kurt Vonnegut

Everybody's shaking in his boots, so don't be bluffed. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about body
#49784 Kurt Vonnegut

Almost nobody's competent, Paul. It's enough to make you cry to see how bad most people are at their jobs. If you can do a half-assedof anything, you're a one-eyed man in the kingdom of the . .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about people
#49785 Kurt Vonnegut

Aof, no matter who is controlling it, is towhoever is around to be loved. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about love
#49786 Kurt Vonnegut

Every passing hour brings the Solar System forty-three thousand miles closer to Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules — and still there are some misfits who insist that there is no such thing as . .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about sin
#49787 Kurt Vonnegut

He ransacked his memory like a thief going through another man's billfold. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about memory
#49788 Kurt Vonnegut

The triumph of anything is a matter of . If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about hope
#49789 Kurt Vonnegut

A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about love
#49790 Kurt Vonnegut

It is always pitiful when anybeing falls into a condition hardly more respectable than that of an . How much more pitiful it is when the person who falls has had all the advantages! .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about respect
#49791 Kurt Vonnegut

There is no reason whycannot triumph as often as . The triumph of anything is a matter of . If there are such things as , I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about hope
#49792 Kurt Vonnegut

Sometimes I think it is a great mistake to have matter that can think and feel. It complains so. By the same token, though, I suppose that boulders and mountains and moons could be accused of being a little too phlegmatic. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about time
#49793 Kurt Vonnegut

Son — they say there isn't any royalty in this country, but do you want me to tell you how to be king of the United States of America? Just fall through the hole in a privy and come out smelling like a rose. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about ya
#49794 Kurt Vonnegut

Take Care of the , andAlmighty Will Take Care of Himself. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about self
#49795 Kurt Vonnegut

The bigwith dumb bastards is that they are too dumb tothere is such a thing as being smart. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about art
#49796 Kurt Vonnegut

I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all. .

Kurt Vonnegut
#49797 Kurt Vonnegut

The worst thing that could possibly happen to anybody would be to not be used for anything by anybody. Thank you for using me, even though I didn't want to be used by anybody. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about sin
#49798 Kurt Vonnegut

Puny man can do nothing at all to help or pleaseAlmighty, andnot theof God. .

Kurt Vonnegut Quotes about man

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