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Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-11-11 - 2007-04-11) was an American novelist known for works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction.
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I am eternally grateful.. for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honored to be alive, no matter what else might be going on.

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Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the Universe.

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One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.

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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.

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New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.

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I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, 'The Beatles did'.

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During my three years in Vietnam, I certainly heard plenty of last words by dying American footsoldiers. Not one of them, however, had illusions that he had somehow accomplished something worthwhile in the process of making the Supreme Sacrifice.

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Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.

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And Lot's wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned to a pillar of salt. So it goes.

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Ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones.

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I can have oodles of charm when I want to.

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I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.

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Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.

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Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.

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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.

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Well, the telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful.

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Humor is an almost physiological response to fear.

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Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before... He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.

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Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.

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Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.

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Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand

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I think that novels that leave out technology misrepresent life as badly as Victorians misrepresented life by leaving out sex.

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If you would be unloved and forgotten, be reasonable.

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Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.

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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.

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