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Kurt Vonnegut
November 11, 1922 - April 11, 2007
Nationality: American
Category: Author
Subcategory: American Author

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.


If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.


I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.


If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy.


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


About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm.


We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.


Still and all, why bother? Here's my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.


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.


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.


Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.


The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal.


Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.


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


The feeling about a soldier is, when all is said and done, he wasn't really going to do very much with his life anyway. The example usually is: he wasn't going to compose Beethoven's Fifth.


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


All this happened, more or less. The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true.


To whom it may concern: It is springtime. It is late afternoon.


We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.


Call me Jonah. My parents did, or nearly did. They called me John.


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