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Kurt Vonnegut Quotes

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

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True terror is to wake up one morning and discover
that your high school class is running the country.
- Kurt Vonnegut

It is a very mixed blessing to be brought back from the dead.
- Kurt Vonnegut

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

 

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.
- Kurt Vonnegut

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

Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.
- Kurt Vonnegut

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

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.
- Kurt Vonnegut

Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged
by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?
- Kurt Vonnegut

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

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

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

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.
- Kurt Vonnegut

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

The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.
- Kurt Vonnegut

People don't come to church for preachments,
of course, but to daydream about God.
- Kurt Vonnegut

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

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

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something,
learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.
- Kurt Vonnegut

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

The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal.
- Kurt Vonnegut

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

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

I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around,
and don't let anybody tell you different.
- Kurt Vonnegut

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

Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer
or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush
Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again.
That's my utopia.
- Kurt Vonnegut

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

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.
- Kurt Vonnegut

The greatest way to live with honor in this world
is to be what we pretend to be.
- Socrates

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colors.
I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and
am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
- Winston Churchill

My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.
- Mitch Hedberg

We should not pretend to understand
the world only by the intellect;
we apprehend it just as much by feeling.
Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is,
at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest,
also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
- Carl Jung

I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
- Roy Lichtenstein

I feel exuberant. I don't pretend.
- Bono

I wouldn't pretend to tell you we don't pay our lawyers well.
- Jay Alan Sekulow

You pretend to be more eccentric than you actually
are because you fear you are an interchangeable cog.
- Doug Coupland

Lots of times you have to pretend to join a parade
in which you're not really interested in order to get where you're going.
- Christopher Morley

Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions,
and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.
- David Hume

A movie camera is like having someone you have a crush
on watching you from afar -
you pretend it's not there.
- Daryl Hannah

As a kid growing up in the back streets of Dublin I
used to pretend I was playing in the World Cup with
my mates out on the streets,
and now I will be doing it for real.
- Robbie Keane

I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore,
and I know too much to go back and pretend.
- Helen Reddy

Well, I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I
haven't been a rogue most of my life.
- Jack Nicholson

We often pretend to fear what we really despise,
and more often despise what we really fear.
- Charles Caleb Colton

I'm crazy, and I don't pretend to be anything else.
- Calvin Klein

Hear the birds? Sometimes I like to pretend that I'm
deaf and I try to imagine what it's like not to be able to hear them.
It's not that bad.
- Larry David

It's difficult to speak with beautiful people.
No matter how hard you try to pretend otherwise,
you still want them to like you.
- Doug Coupland

Children will not pretend to be enjoying books,
and they will not read books because they have been
told that these books are good.
They are looking for delight.
- Helen Dunmore

I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many
ignorant men are sure of.
- Clarence Darrow

The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it.
My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness,
and when I get a response there, then I accept.
- David Herbert Lawrence

When you have spent an important part of your life playing Let's Pretend,
it's often easy to see symbolism where none exists.
- Gene Tierney

There are Anarchists in other parts of the world who are unable to,
comprehend the position of the Spanish Anarchists.
I do not pretend to censor these Anarchists.
- Frederica Montseny

I work on a laptop specifically so I can work in cafes
and pretend I'm part of the human world.
- Jonathan Lethem

The American people are tired of liars and people who
pretend to be something they're not.
- Hillary Clinton

Because we're actors we can pretend and fake it,
but I'd rather the intimate investment was authentic.
- Keanu Reeves

Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
- Chanakya

I ended up gettin' a little Gibson amp and a bass,
because of Gene Simmons of Kiss.
Myself and three other kids would pretend to be Kiss -
I liked Gene the best.
- Jason Newsted

Winter testing is essential but there comes a point
where you have had enough of all the rehearsals and the pretend racing.
You just want to get down to the real action.
- Damon Hill

People discuss my art and pretend to understand as
if it were necessary to understand,
when it's simply necessary to love.
- Claude Monet

If some peoples pretend that history or geography gives
them the right to subjugate other races,
nations, or peoples, there can be no peace.
- Ludwig von Mises

The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest.
That would seriously interfere with business.
- Clarence Darrow

People often become actresses because of something
they dislike about themselves:
They pretend they are someone else.
- Bette Davis

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign
around his or her neck that says,
"Make me feel important." Not only will you succeed in sales,
you will succeed in life.
- Mary Kay Ash

I get to pretend I'm flying into space,
and hang out with my friends.
That's what I do for a living.
- Jeri Ryan

To say that we mutually agree to coercion is not to
say that we are required to enjoy it,
or even to pretend we enjoy it.
- Garrett Hardin

To be able to pretend to be something that I'm frankly
not is very liberating and exciting.
- Hugh Laurie

I've never had to pretend to be having sex with somebody.
I'm like the queen of the foreplay dissolve.
- Julia Roberts

There are divers men who make a great show of loyalty,
and pretend to such discretion in the hidden things they hear,
that at the end folk come to put faith in them.
- Marie de France

I choose to do unattractive people, because then I
can pretend they think they're attractive.
- Amy Sedaris

I wonder: when a Jehovah's Witness dies and goes to Heaven,
does God hide behind the door and pretend He's not home?
- Brian Celio


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