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Jailbird Jailbird by Kurt Vonnegut
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“You can't just eat good food. You've got to talk about it too. And you've got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
tags: food
“Never have I risked my life, or even my comfort, in the service of mankind. Shame on me.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
“It's all right,' she said. 'You couldn't help it that you were born without a heart. At least you tried to believe what the people with hearts believed- so you were a good man just the same.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
“She believed, and was entitled to believe, I must say, that all human beings were evil by nature, whether tormentors or victims, or idle standers-by. They could only create meaningless tragedies, she said, since they weren't nearly intelligent enough to accomplish all the good they were meant to do.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
“Life goes on- and a fool and his self respect are soon parted...”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
“And contrast Mary Kathleen, if you will, with my wife Ruth, the Ophelia of the death camps, who believed that even the most intelligent human beings were so stupid that they could only make things worse by speaking their minds. It was thinkers, after all, who had set up the death camps. Setting up a death camp, with its railroad sidings and its around-the-clock crematoria, was not something a moron could do. Neither could a moron explain why a death camp was ultimately humane.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
“He gave me the key, which I later discovered would open practically every door in the hotel. I thanked him, and I made a small mistake we irony collectors often make: I tried to share an irony with a stranger. It can’t be done. I told him I had been in the Arapahoe before—in Nineteen-hundred and Thirty-one. He was not interested. ”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
tags: irony
“There was more. There was always more.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
“To give an extra dimension to the scolding she gave me: The word “twerp” was freshly coined in those days, and had a specific definition—it was a person, if I may be forgiven, who bit the bubbles of his own farts in a bathtub.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
“We are here for no purpose, unless we can invent one. Of that I am sure. The human condition in an exploding universe would not have been altered one iota if, rather than live as I have, I had done nothing but carry a rubber ice-cream cone from closet to closet for sixty years.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
“We are all here for no purpose, unless we can invent one. Of that I am sure. The human condition in an exploding universe would not have been altered one iota if, rather than live as I have, I had done nothing but carry a rubber ice-cream cone from closet to closet for sixty years.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
“And I am now compelled to wonder if wisdom has ever existed or can ever exist. Might wisdom be as impossible in this particular universe as a perpetual-motion machine?”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
“You can now sell your considerable skills, Mr. Starbuck, for their true value in the open marketplace of the Free Enterprise System. Happy hunting! Good luck!”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
“You are yet another nincompoop, who, by being at the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said, “was able to set humanitarianism back a full century! Begone!” Strong stuff.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
“Thus do I capitalize years as though they were proper names.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
“I was making my mind as blank as possible, you see, since the past was so embarrassing and the future so terrifying.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird
“that women were more spiritual, more sacred than men. I still believe that about women. Is that, too, comical?”
Kurt Vonnegut, Jailbird

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