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  • #1
    Anthony Burgess
    “When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man.”
    Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

  • #2
    Ray Bradbury
    “We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #3
    Ray Bradbury
    “I'm seventeen and I'm crazy. My uncle says the two always go together. When people ask your age, he said, always say seventeen and insane.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #4
    Ray Bradbury
    “Why aren't you in school? I see you every day wandering around."
    "Oh, they don't miss me," she said. "I'm antisocial, they say. I don't mix. It's so strange. I'm very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn't it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this." She rattled some chestnuts that had fallen off the tree in the front yard. "Or talking about how strange the world is. Being with people is nice. But I don't think it's social to get a bunch of people together and then not let them talk, do you? An hour of TV class, an hour of basketball or baseball or running, another hour of transcription history or painting pictures, and more sports, but do you know, we never ask questions, or at least most don't; they just run the answers at you, bing, bing, bing, and us sitting there for four more hours of film-teacher. That's not social to me at all. It's a lot of funnels and lot of water poured down the spout and out the bottom, and them telling us it's wine when it's not. They run us so ragged by the end of the day we can't do anything but go to bed or head for a Fun Park to bully people around, break windowpanes in the Window Smasher place or wreck cars in the Car Wrecker place with the big steel ball. Or go out in the cars and race on the streets, trying to see how close you can get to lampposts, playing 'chicken' and 'knock hubcaps.' I guess I'm everything they say I am, all right. I haven't any friends. That's supposed to prove I'm abnormal. But everyone I know is either shouting or dancing around like wild or beating up one another. Do you notice how people hurt each other nowadays?”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #5
    Ray Bradbury
    “But you can't make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can't last.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #6
    Ray Bradbury
    “You're not like the others. I've seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night. The others would never do that. The others would walk off and leave me talking. Or threaten me. No one has time any more for anyone else. You're one of the few who put up with me. That's why I think it's so strange you're a fireman, it just doesn't seem right for you, somehow.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #7
    Ray Bradbury
    “Putting out the stars and extinguishing the sun.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #8
    Ray Bradbury
    “Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal. And if there were, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away. To hell with that . Shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #9
    Ray Bradbury
    “You're afraid of making mistakes. Don't be. Mistakes can be profited by. Man, when I was young I shoved my ignorance in people's faces. They beat me with sticks. By the time I was forty my blunt instrument had been honed to a fine cutting point for me. If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn.”
    Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

  • #10
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in His cosmic loneliness.

    And God said, "Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done." And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke. Man blinked. "What is the purpose of all this?" he asked politely.

    "Everything must have a purpose?" asked God.

    "Certainly," said man.

    "Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this," said God.

    And He went away.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #11
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Science is magic that works.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #12
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #13
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “No wonder kids grow up crazy. A cat's cradle is nothing but a bunch of X's between somebody's hands, and little kids look and look and look at all those X's . . ."
    "And?"
    "No damn cat, and no damn cradle.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #14
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Anyone unable to understand how useful religion can be founded on lies will not understand this book either.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #15
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “man is vile, and man makes nothing worth making, knows nothing worth knowing.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #16
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Busy, busy, busy, is what we Bokononists whisper whenever we think of how complicated and unpredictable the machinery of life really is.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #17
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “The driver asked me if I would mind another brief detour, this time to a tombstone salesroom across the street from the cemetery.
    I wasn't a Bokononist then, so I agreed with some peevishness. As a Bokononist, of course, I would have agreed gaily to go anywhere anyone suggested. As Bokonon says: 'Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #18
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “God never wrote a good play in his life.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #19
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

  • #20
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

  • #21
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

  • #22
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Oh Lord Most High, Creator of the Cosmos, Spinner of Galaxies, Soul of Electromagnetic Waves, Inhaler and Exhaler of Inconceivable Volumes of Vacuum, Spitter of Fire and Rock, Trifler with Millennia — what could we do for Thee that Thou couldst not do for Thyself one octillion times better? Nothing. What could we do or say that could possibly interest Thee? Nothing. Oh, Mankind, rejoice in the apathy of our Creator, for it makes us free and truthful and dignified at last. No longer can a fool point to a ridiculous accident of good luck and say, 'Somebody up there likes me.' And no longer can a tyrant say, 'God wants this or that to happen, and anyone who doesn't help this or that to happen is against God.' O Lord Most High, what a glorious weapon is Thy Apathy, for we have unsheathed it, have thrust and slashed mightily with it, and the claptrap that has so often enslaved us or driven us into the madhouse lies slain!" -The prayer of the Reverend C. Horner Redwine”
    Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

  • #23
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “When you get right down to it, everybody's having a perfectly lousy time of it, and I mean everyone. And the hell of it is, nothing seems to help much.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

  • #24
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “The more pain I train myself to stand, the more I learn. You are afraid of pain now, Unk, but you won't learn anything if you don't invite the pain. And the more you learn, the gladder you will be to stand the pain.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

  • #25
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Sorry," said Salo."I would say, 'Is there anything I can do?'- but Skip once told me that that was the most hateful and stupid expression in the English language.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

  • #26
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #27
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano

  • #28
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

  • #29
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young

  • #30
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “And so it goes...”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five



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