Kurt Vonnegut Quotes

Kurt Vonnegut

US novelist (1922 - )

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Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.

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

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1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.

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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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New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.

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Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.

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We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.

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

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I am eternally grateful.. for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honored to be alive, no matter what else might be going on.

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Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.

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

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

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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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There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don

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Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.

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Well, the telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful.

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If you would be unloved and forgotten, be reasonable.

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1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.

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You know what I say to people when I hear they

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The chief weapon of sea pirates, however, was their capacity to astonish. Nobody else could believe, until it was too late, how heartless and greedy they were.

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

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Here

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We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.

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How nice--to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.

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