Honest to God, Bill, the way things are going, all I can think of is that I'm a character in a book by somebody who wants to write about somebody who suffers all the time.
("Breakfast of Champions")
More Quotes from Kurt Vonnegut:God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to always tell the difference.
Seems like the only kind of job an American can get these days is committing suicide in some way.
It is always pitiful when any human being falls into a condition hardly more respectable than that of an animal. How much more pitiful it is when the person who falls has had all the advantages!
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.
They didn't think it had anything to do with the war. They were sure Billy was going to pieces because his father had thrown him into the deep end of the Y.M.C.A. swimming pool when he was a little boy, and had then taken him to the rim of the Grand Canyon.
A writer off-guard since the materials with which he works are so dangerous can expect agony as quick as a thunderclap.
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