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  • We went to the New York World's Fair, saw what the past had been like, according to the Ford Motor Car Company and Walt Disney, saw what the future would be like, according to General Motors. And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • In short, on the basis of horse sense and the best scientific information, there was nothing good to be said for the exploration of space. The time was long past when one nation could seem more glorious than another by hurling some heavy object into nothingness.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan")

  • You are going to do this voluntarily, Mr. Constant, so that the Church of God the Utterly Indifferent can have a drama of dignified self-sacrifice to remember and ponder through all time.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan")

  • 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.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")

  • Sometimes I wonder about the Creator of the Universe.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")


  • Having a yacht is a reason for being more cheerful than most.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • On the day they dropped the bomb Frank had a tablespoon and a Mason jar. What he was doing was spooning different kinds of bugs into the jar and making them fight....I can remember other bug fights we staged later on...They won't fight unless you keep shaking the jar.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • Forgive him- he knows not what he does.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Mother Night")

  • Billy's smile as he came out of the shrubbery was at least as peculiar as Mona Lisa's, for he was simultaneously on foot in Germany in 1944 and riding his Cadillac in 1967.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • It is so short and jumbled and jangled because there is nothing intelligent to say after a massacre. Everybody is supposed to be dead...everything is supposed to be very quiet...and it always is, except for the birds.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • The dog, who had sounded so ferocious in the winter distances, was a female German Shepherd. She was shivering. Her tail was between her legs. She had been borrowed that morning from a farmer. She had never been to war before. She had no idea what game was being played. Her name was Princess.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at once.There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. When seen all at once, they produce an image of life that is beautiful and surprising and deep.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • It is always pitiful when any human being falls into a condition hardly more respectable than that of an animal. How much more pitiful it is when the person who falls has had all the advantages!
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan")

  • He was a graduate of West Point, which is military academy that turns young men into homicidal maniacs for use in war.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")

  • Symbols can be so beautiful, sometimes.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")


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