Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was a 20th-century American writer. His works such as Cat's Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973) blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. As a citizen he was a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a critical leftist intellectual. He was known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association. more »
Click here to add this poet to your My Favorite Poets.
Quotationsmore quotations »
''If somebody says, "I love you," to me, I feel as though I had a pistol pointed at my head. What can anybody reply under such conditions but that which the pistol-holder requires? "I love you, too."''Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. "Address at Dedication of Wheaton College Library, 1973," Wampeters, Foma and Granfallons (1974).
Being American is to eat a lot of beef steak, and boy, we've got a lot more beef steak than any other country, and that's why you ought to be glad you're an American. And people have started looking a...Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. City Limits (London, March 11, 1983).
What war has always been is a puberty ceremony. It's a very rough one, but you went away a boy and came back a man, maybe with an eye missing or whatever but godammit you were a man and people had to ...Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. City Limits (London, March 11, 1983).
''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."''Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. City Limits (London, March 11, 1983).
The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. The people don't acknowledge this. They claim membership in two imaginary parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, instead....Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. "In a Manner that Must Shame God Himself," Wampeters, Foma and Granfallons (1974).
Comments about Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
"When the last living thing
Has died on account of us,
How poetical it would be
If Earth could say,
In a voice floating up
From the floor
Of the Grand Canyon,
'It is done.'
People did not like it here."