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  • #1
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

    So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

  • #2
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

  • #3
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “And so it goes...”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

  • #4
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
    THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
    FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
    WAS MUSIC”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #5
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #6
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

  • #7
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #8
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #9
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

  • #10
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #11
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #12
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

  • #13
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “We could have saved [the Earth] but we were too damned cheap.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #14
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “As for literary criticism in general: I have long felt that any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel or a play or a poem is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae or a banana split.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage

  • #15
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-"God damn it, you've got to be kind.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #16
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

  • #17
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “The things you used to own, now they own you.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

  • #18
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

  • #19
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “The only difference between a suicide and a martyrdom really is the amount of press coverage.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

  • #20
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “We'll never be as young as we are tonight.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Rant

  • #21
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “In a world where billions believe their deity conceived a mortal child with a virgin human, it's stunning how little imagination most people display.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Rant

  • #22
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character...Would you slow down? Or speed up?”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

  • #23
    Douglas Adams
    “The story so far:
    In the beginning the Universe was created.
    This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.”
    Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • #24
    Douglas Adams
    “For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • #25
    Douglas Adams
    “There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

    There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”
    Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  • #26
    Douglas Adams
    “The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”
    Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

  • #27
    Douglas Adams
    “Don't Panic.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • #28
    Douglas Adams
    “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”
    Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

  • #29
    Douglas Adams
    “Let's think the unthinkable, let's do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”
    Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

  • #30
    Douglas Adams
    “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.”
    Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy



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