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Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“Anyway—because we are readers, we don't have to wait for some communications executive to decide what we should think about next—and how we should think about it. We can fill our heads with anything from aardvarks to zucchinis—at any time of night or day.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“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 Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“I chose cultural anthropology, since it offered the greatest opportunity to write high-minded balderdash.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“Comedians and jazz musicians have been more comforting and enlightening to me than preachers or politicians or philosophers or poets or painters or novelists of my time. Historians in the future, in my opinion, will congratulate us on very little other than our clowning and our jazz.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“Be aware of this truth that the people on this earth could be joyous, if only they would live rationally and if they would contribute mutually to each others' welfare.

This world is not a vale of sorrows if you will recognize discriminatingly what is truly excellent in it; and if you will avail yourself of it for mutual happiness and well-being. Therefore, let us explain as often as possible, and particularly at the departure of life, that we base our faith on firm foundations, on Truth for putting into action our ideas which do not depend on fables and ideas which Science has long ago proven to be false.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This is to me is a miracle.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“I think it can be tremendously refreshing if a creator of literature has something on his mind other than the history of literature so far. Literature should not disappear up its own asshole, so to speak.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“The Dresden atrocity, tremendously expensive and meticulously planned, was so meaningless, finally, that only one person on the entire planet got any benefit from it. I am that person. I wrote this book, which earned a lot of money for me and made my reputation, such as it is. One way or another, I got two or three dollars for every person killed. Some business I'm in.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“Laughs are exactly as honorable as tears. Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion, to the futility of thinking and striving anymore. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“Trust a crowd to look at the wrong end of a miracle every time.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“Bertrand Russell declared that, in case he met God, he would say to Him, "Sir, you did not give us enough information." I would add to that, "All the same, Sir, I'm not persuaded that we did the best we could with the information we had. Toward the end there, anyway, we had tons of information.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“I propose that every person out of work be required to submit a book report before he or she gets his or her welfare check.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“Any time I see a person fleeing from reason and into religion, I think to myself, There goes a person who simply cannot stand being so goddamn lonely anymore.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“After the war, I went to the University of Chicago, where I was pleased to study anthropology, a science that was mostly poetry, that involved almost no math at all.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“it has been my experience with literary critics and academics in this country that clarity looks a lot like laziness and ignorance and childishness and cheapness to them.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“A society, on occasion, can be the worst possible describer of mental health.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“I know at last what I want to be when I grow up. When I grow up I want to be a little boy.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday
“That's what is was to be young — to be enthusiastic rather than envious about the good work other people could do.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“I'm on the New York State Council for the Arts now, and every so often some other member talks about sending notices to college English departments about some literary opportunity, and I say, "Send them to the chemistry departments, send them to the zoology departments, send them to the anthropology departments and the astronomy departments and physics departments, and all the medical and law schools. That's where the writers are most likely to be.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“That would certainly be a better name for this planet than Earth, since it would give people who just got here a clearer idea of what they were in for: Triage. Welcome to Triage.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday
“Vanity rather than wisdom determines how the world is run.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“It is a tragedy, perhaps, that human beings can get so much energy and enthusiasm from hate.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“And what we will all be seeking when we decamp, and for the rest of our lives, will be large, stable communities of like-minded people, which is to say relatives. They no longer exist. The lack of them is not only the main cause, but probably the only cause of our shapeless discontent in the midst of such prosperity. We thought we could do without tribes and clans. Well, we can't.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
“Death and suffering can’t matter nearly as much as I think they do. Since they are so common, my taking them so seriously must mean that I am insane. I must try to be saner.” Which”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday
“Our most dismaying failure is in the use of our knowledge of what human beings need in the way of bodily and spiritual nourishment. And I suspect that some of the guesses made by our ancestors are partly responsible for the starved bodies and spirits we see everywhere.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday
“Prohibition was better than no liquor at all.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday
“I will tell you how to make money: Work very hard. I will tell you how to win love: Wear nice clothing and smile all the time. Learn the words to all the latest songs.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday
“They can take a flying fuck at the moooooooooooooooon. ***”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Palm Sunday

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