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  • I can have oodles of charm when I want to.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")

  • The slaves were simply turned loose without any property. They were easily recognizable. They were black. They were suddenly free to go exploring.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")

  • 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")

  • The hare of history once more overtakes the tortoise of art.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Mother Night")


  • Get out of the road, you dumb motherfucker!
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • The umpire had comical news. The congregation had been theoretically spotted from the air by a theoretical enemy. They were all theoretically dead now. The theoretical corpses laughed and ate a hearty noontime meal.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • The bounties of space, of infinite outwardness, were three: empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless death.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan")

  • I have no culture, no humane harmony in my brains. I can't live without a culture anymore.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")

  • The things other people have put into my head, at any rate, do not fit together nicely, are often useless and ugly, are out of proportion with one another, are out of proportion with life as it really is outside my head.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")

  • 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")

  • The New York Daily News suggested that my biggest war crime was not killing myself like a gentleman. Presumably Hitler was a gentleman.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Mother Night")


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