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  • 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")

  • All this happened, more or less.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • He supposed that they were part of an amazing new phase of World War Two. It was all right with him. Everything was pretty much all right with Billy.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")


  • People aren't supposed to look back.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • 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.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • He alienated his friends in the sciences by thanking them extravagantly for scientific advances he had read about in the recent newspapers and magazines, by assuring them, with a perfectly straight face, that life was getting better and better, thanks to scientific thinking.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan")

  • The worst thing that could possibly happen to anybody would be to not be used for anything by anybody. Thank you for using me, even though I didn't want to be used by anybody.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan")

  • A writer off-guard since the materials with which he works are so dangerous can expect agony as quick as a thunderclap.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")

  • New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")

  • 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")

  • There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue, the monograph went on. Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact how hard money is to come by, and, there, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")


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