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  • They do not love one another because they do not love themselves.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • He developed several hobbies that helped him to pass the time.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan")

  • There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan")

  • Charm was a scheme for making strangers like and trust a person immediately, no matter what the charmer had in mind.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")

  • People took such awful chances with chemicals and their bodies because they wanted the quality of their lives to improve. They lived in ugly places where there were only ugly things to do. They didn't own doodley-squat, so they couldn't improve their surroundings. so they did their best to make their insides beautiful instead.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Breakfast of Champions")


  • Any man can call time out but no man can say how long the time will be out.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • Maturity...is knowing what your limitations are...Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • We'd all do well to start over again, preferably with kindergarten.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle")

  • Avoiding Germans, they were delivering themselves into rural silences ever more profound. They ate snow.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • I am a Tralfamadorian, seeing all time as you might see a stretch of the Rocky Mountains. All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • People would be surprised if they knew how much in this world was due to prayers.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • This couple, so involved with babies, had never reproduced themselves, though they could have. This was an interesting comment on the whole idea of reproduction.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • He watched and recorded their subversive activites with love, amusement, and detachment.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan")

  • There was no question about it- the girl in the photograph was staggeringly beautiful. She was Miss Canal Zone, a runner-up in the Miss Universe Contest -- and in fact far more beautiful than the winner of the contests. Her beauty had frightened the judges.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan")

  • 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")


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