Kurt Vonnegut Quotes

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Kurt Vonnegut
“So, in the interests of survival, they trained themselves to be agreeing machines instead of thinking machines. All their minds had to do was to discover what other people were thinking, and then they thought that, too.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

Kurt Vonnegut
“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

Kurt Vonnegut
“Symbols can be so beautiful, sometimes.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

Kurt Vonnegut
“The planet was being destroyed by manufacturing processes, and what was being manufactured was lousy, by and large.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

Kurt Vonnegut
“I want to stay 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

Kurt Vonnegut
“What makes you think a writer isn't a drug salesman?”
Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut
“The nicest veterans in Schenectady, I thought, the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones who'd really fought.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut
“Here's all she had to say about death: "Oh my, oh my.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

Kurt Vonnegut
“Scum of the Earth as some may be in their daily lives, they can all be saints in emergencies.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake

Philip José Farmer
“The truth is that Trout, like Vonnegut and Ray Bradbury and many others, writes parables. These are set in frames which have become called, for no good reason, science fiction. A better generic term would be 'future fairy tales'. And even this is objectionable, since many science fiction stories take place in the present or the past, far and near.”
Philip José Farmer

Meena Kandasamy
“The problem with thinking up a new and original idea within a novel is that you have to make sure that Kurt Vonnegut did not already think of it.”
Meena Kandasamy, The Gypsy Goddess

Kurt Vonnegut
“They do not love one another because they do not love themselves.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Iain Thomas
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”
Iain Thomas

Kurt Vonnegut
“A walk?" said Catharine.
"One foot in front of the other," said Newt, "through leaves, over bridges---”
Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut
“Five German soldiers and a police dog on a leash were looking down into the bed of the creek. The soldiers' blue eyes were filled with a bleary civilian curiosity as to why one American would try to murder another one so far from home, and why the victim should laugh.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Neil Gaiman
“Who on Earth could read a Vonnegut book and think that he was a grandfatherly bundle of warm fuzzy happiness? I mean, I read Vonnegut first as a ten year old, and it was shocking because he could joke in the face of such blackness and bleakness, and I’d never seen an author do that before. Everything was pointless, except, possibly, a few moments of love snatched from the darkness, a few moments in which we connect, or fail to.”
Neil Gaiman

Ray Bradbury
“If I’d found out that Norman Mailer liked me, I’d have killed myself. I think he was too hung up. I’m glad Kurt Vonnegut didn’t like me either. He had problems, terrible problems. He couldn’t see the world the way I see it. I suppose I’m too much Pollyanna, he was too much Cassandra. Actually I prefer to see myself as the Janus, the two-faced god who is half Pollyanna and half Cassandra, warning of the future and perhaps living too much in the past—a combination of both. But I don’t think I’m too over optimistic.”
Ray Bradbury

Kurt Vonnegut
“Can I tell you the truth? I mean this isn’t the TV news is it? Here's what I think the truth is: We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial. And like too many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we're hooked on.”
Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

Kurt Vonnegut
“She was a tiny girl—a trinket brunette, very pretty, very pale, and hard as nails.”
Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut
“The creatures reproduce by flaking. The young, when shed by a parent, are indistinguishable from dandruff.

There is only one sex.

Every creature simply sheds flakes of his own kind, and his own kind is like everybody else's kind.

There is no childhood as such. Flakes begin flaking three Earthling hours after they themselves have been shed.

They do not reach maturity, then deteriorate and die. They reach maturity and stay in full bloom, so to speak, for as long as Mercury cares to sing.

There is no way in which one creature can harm another, and no motive for one’s harming another.

Hunger, envy, ambition, fear, indignation, religion, and sexual lust are irrelevant and unknown.

The creatures only have one sense: touch.

They have weak powers of telepathy. The messages they are capable of transmitting and receiving are almost as monotonous as the song of Mercury. They have only two possible messages. The first is an automatic response to the second, and the second is an automatic response to the first.

The first is, "Here I am, here I am, here I am."

The second is, "So glad you are, so glad you are, so glad you are.”
Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

Kurt Vonnegut
“Poput tolikih patoloških ličnosti koje su prije milijun godina bile od moći, mogao je učiniti gotovo sve prepuštajući se trenutačnom porivu i ne osjećajući gotovo ništa. Logička objašnjenja za njegova djela, izmišljena u dokolici, uvijek su dolazila kasnije.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Galápagos

Kurt Vonnegut
“What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at once.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut
“Billy took off his tri-focals and his coat and his necktie and his shoes, and he closed the venetian blinds and then the drapes, and he lay down on the outside of the coverlet. But sleep would not come. Tears came instead. They seeped.

[...] He closed his eyes, and opened them again. He was still weeping, but he was back in Luxembourg again. He was marching with a lot of other prisoners. It was a winter wind that was bringing tears to his eyes.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut
“Quasi non ci sono personaggi, in questa storia, e quasi non ci sono confronti drammatici, perché la maggior parte degli individui che vi figurano sono mal ridotti, sono solo trastulli indifferenti in mano a forze immense. Uno dei principali effetti della guerra è, in fondo, che la gente è scoraggiata dal farsi personaggio.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut
“Signore, come muore un uomo quando viene privato della consolazione della letteratura?”
“In uno o due modi,” disse lui, “per pietrificazione del cuore o per atrofia del sistema nervoso.”
“Entrambi poco piacevoli, immagino” azzardai.
“Per niente piacevoli” disse Castle il vecchio. “Per l'amor di Dio, vi prego, continuate a scrivere, tutti e due!”
Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut
“Ogni gruppo di simboli è un breve messaggio urgente che descrive una situazione, una scena. Noi tralfamadoriani li leggiamo tutti in una volta, non uno dopo l'altro. Non c'è alcun rapporto particolare tra i messaggi, se non che l'autore li ha scelti con cura in modo che, visti tutti insieme, producano un'immagine della vita che sia bella, sorprendente e profonda. Non c'è principio, parte di mezzo o fine, non c'è suspense, né morale, né cause ed effetti. Quella che amiamo nei nostri libri è la profondità di molti momenti meravigliosi visti tutti in una volta.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut
“I thought scientists were going to find out exactly how everything worked, and then make it work better. I fully expected that by the time I was twenty-one, some scientist, maybe my brother, would have taken a colour photograph of God Almighty — and sold it to Popular Mechanics magazine. Scientific truth was going to make us so happy and comfortable.

What actually happened when I was twenty-one was that we dropped scientific truth on Hiroshima.”
Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut
“We didn't belong anywhere in particular any more. We were interchangeable parts in the American machine.”
Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut
“But his head no longer sheltered ideas of how things could be and should be on the planet, as opposed to how they really were. There was only one way for the Earth to be, he thought: the way it was.

Everything was necessary. He saw an old white woman fishing through a garbage can. That was necessary. He saw a bathtub toy, a little rubber duck, lying on its side on the grating over a storm sewer. It had to be there.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

Kurt Vonnegut
“He told Trout about people he'd heard of in the area who grabbed live copperheads and rattlesnakes during church services, to show how much they believed that Jesus would protect them.

'Takes all kinds of people to make up a world,' said Trout.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

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