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  • Dwayne's bad chemicals made him take a loaded thirty-eight caliber revolver from under his pillow and stick it in his mouth. This was a tool whose only purpose was to make holes in human beings.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")

  • Seems like the only kind of job an American can get these days is committing suicide in some way.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")

  • Anyone unable to understand how useful religion can be founded on lies will not understand this book either.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • Mister, when I see my first lady angel, if God ever sees fit to show me one, it'll be her wings not her face that'll make my mouth fall open. I've already seen the prettiest face that ever could be.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • When a man becomes a writer, I think he takes on a sacred obligation to produce beauty and enlighenment and comfort at top speed
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")


  • Before you kill somebody, make absolutely sure he isn't well connected. So it goes.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need machinery like that.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • Somewhere in the night there were cries of grief. With nothing better to do, Billy shuffled in their direction. He wondered what ragedy so many had found to lament out of doors.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • This was a pretty girl, except she had legs like an Edwardian grand piano...
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • Her face ... was a one-of-a-kind, a surprising variation on a familiar theme - a variation that made observers think, Yes - that would be another very nice way for people to look. What Beatrice had done with her face, actually, was what any plain girl could do. She overlaid it with dignity, suffering, intelligence, and a piquant dash of bitchiness.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan")

  • Unk had no way of judging the quality of the information contained in the letter. He accepted it all hungrily, uncritically. And, in accepting it, Unk gained an understanding of life that was identical with the writer's understanding of life. Unk wolfed down a philosophy.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan")

  • Earthlings went on being friendly, when they should have been thinking instead.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")

  • She was a defective child-bearing machine. She destroyed herself automatically while giving birth to Dwayne.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")

  • As stupid and vicious as men are, this is a lovely day.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • My soul seemed a foul as smoke from burning cat fur.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")


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