Quotations From KURT VONNEGUT, JR.


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  • 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.
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. "When I Was Twenty-One," Wampeters, Foma and Granfallons (1974).

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  • I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled "Science Fiction" ... and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. "Science Fiction," Wampeters, Foma and Granfallons (1974).
  • It was a thunderingly beautiful experience—voluptuous, sexual, dangerous, and expensive as hell.
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. "Playboy Interview (1973)," Wampeters, Foma and Granfallons (1974). Of the Apollo launches.

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  • 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).

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  • 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).

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  • 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).

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  • I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival.
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. quoted in Observer (London, Dec. 27, 1987).
  • We would be a lot safer if the Government would take its money out of science and put it into astrology and the reading of palms.... Only in superstition is there hope. If you want to become a friend of civilization, then become an enemy of the truth and a fanatic for harmless balderdash.
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. "When I Was Twenty-One," Wampeters, Foma and Granfallons (1974).

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  • 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 at these big hunks of bloody meat on their plates, you know, and wondering what on earth they think they're doing.
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. City Limits (London, March 11, 1983).

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  • 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 call you a man thereafter.
    Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (b. 1922), U.S. novelist. City Limits (London, March 11, 1983).

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