Our awareness is all that is alive and maybe sacred in any of us. Everything else about us is dead machinery.
("Breakfast of Champions")
More Quotes from Kurt Vonnegut:There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too.
We'd all do well to start over again, preferably with kindergarten.
It shook up Trout to realize that even he could bring evil into the world - in the form of bad ideas.
He wanted to talk to them, if he could, to discover whether they had truths about life which he had never heard before. Here is what he hoped new truths might do for him: enable him to laugh at his troubles, to go on living, and to keep out of the North Wing of the Midland County General Hospital, which was for lunatics.
We would have said the Nazis were evil in any event, since we had decided to fight them. This has always been the style in war, until very recently...in order that we can be frenzied on the battlefield. Imagine our surprise when we discovered that our German enemies really were satanic this time...We had fought something which was totally obscene.This was very bad for us... One idea put into our heads was that our enemies were so awful, so evil, that we, by contrast, must be remarkably pure. That illusion of purity...has become our curse today.
True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.
Readers Who Like This Quotation Also Like:Based on Topics: Contemplation Quotes
Observe decorum, and it will open a path to morality.
Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.
I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine.