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  • I said I wasn't interested, and she was bright enough to say that she wasn't really interested either. As things turned out, we both overestimated our apathies, but not that much.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • The fortifications have never been attacked, nor has any sane man ever proposed any reason why they should be attacked. They have never defended anything. Fourteen hundred persons are said to have died while building them. Of these fourteen hundred, about half are said to have been executed in public for substandard zeal.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • If I were a younger man, I would write a history of human stupidity; and I would climb to the top of Mount McCabe and lie down on my back with my history for a pillow; and I would take from the ground some of the blue-white poison that makes statues of men; and I would make a statue of myself, lying on my back, grinning horribly, and thumbing my nose at You Know Who.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • The heartbreaking necessity of lying about reality and the heartbreaking impossibilty of lying about it
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • If you want to find a Granfalloon, remove the skin from a toy balloon.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")


  • The most heartbreakingly beautiful girl I ever hope to see
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • In this world, you get what you pay for.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • The mountebank told them that God was surely trying to kill them, possibly because He was through with them, and that they should have the good manners to die. This, as you can see, they did.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • It posed the question posed by all such stone piles.: how had puny men moved stones so big? And, like all such stone piles, it answered the question itself. Dumb terror had moved those stones so big
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • The unity in every second of all time and all wandering mankind, all wandering womankind, all wandering children.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • A pissant does his best to make you feel like a boob all the time.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • Jonah-John-if I had been a Sam, I would have been a Jonah still-not because I have been unlucky for others, but because somebody or something has compelled me to be certain places, at certain times, without fail. Conveyances and motives, both conventional and bizarre, have been provided. And, according to plan, at each appointed second, at each appointed place this Jonah was there.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • The whore, who said her name was Sandra, offered me delights unobtainable outside of Place Pigalle and Port Said. I said I wasn't interested, and she was bright enough to say that she wasn't really interested either. As things turned out, we had both overestimated our apathies, but not by much.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • And we all vied, in saving face, to be the greatest student of human nature, the person with the quickest sense of humor.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • Live by the harmless untruths that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")


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