Kurt Vonnegut

Writer

November 11, 1922 - April 11, 2007

November 11, 1922 - April 11, 2007

Writer


132 Greatest Quotes By Kurt Vonnegut

There is a tragic flaw in our precious constitution, and I don't know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president. 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
Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead. Kurt Vonnegut
The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not. Kurt Vonnegut
Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything. Kurt Vonnegut
The economy is a thoughtless weather system and nothing more. Kurt Vonnegut
Charm was a scheme for making strangers like and trust a person immediately, no matter what the charmer had in mind. Kurt Vonnegut
Hate, in the long run, is about as nourishing as cyanide. Kurt Vonnegut
Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance. Kurt Vonnegut
The unity in every second of all time and all wandering mankind, all wandering womankind, all wandering children. Kurt Vonnegut
profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their ears and eyes to you. Kurt Vonnegut
Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, "It might have been. Kurt Vonnegut
Don't worry about your father. He's a perfectly contented, self-sufficient zombie. Kurt Vonnegut
He tried. That's the big thing. He tried to do the best he could with what God gave him. He should get a nice raise for trying so hard. Kurt Vonnegut
People need good lies. There are too many bad ones. 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
...this is a hard world to be ludicrous in, with so many human beings so reluctant to laugh, so incapable of thought, so eager to believe and snarl and hate. Kurt Vonnegut
Hello and good-bye." What else is there to say? Our language is much larger than it needs to be. Kurt Vonnegut
Never index your own book. Kurt Vonnegut
The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal. Kurt Vonnegut
If you are an American, you must allow all ideas to circulate freely in your community, not merely your own. Kurt Vonnegut
The truth is, we know so little about life, we don't really know what the good news is and what the bad news is. Kurt Vonnegut
You were sick, but now you're well again, and there's work to do. Kurt Vonnegut
Somebody gets into trouble, then gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get tired of it. Kurt Vonnegut
You can't just eat good food. You've got to talk about it too. And you've got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food. Kurt Vonnegut
I'm convinced that no one can amount to a damn in the arts if he becomes sweetly reasonable, seeing all sides of a picture, forgiving all sins. Kurt Vonnegut
Unannounced changes in life's itinerary are like dancing lessons from God. Kurt Vonnegut
I let the dog out, or I let him in, and we talk some. I let him know I like him, and he lets me know he likes me. Kurt Vonnegut
People don't come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God. Kurt Vonnegut
I think big business is a terrible thing for the spirit of the country, as our spirit is the best thing about us. Kurt Vonnegut
You can’t write novels without a touch of paranoia. I’m paranoid as an act of good citizenship, concerned about what the powerful people are up to. Kurt Vonnegut
Se le cose che Gesù ha detto erano giuste, e in buona parte anche bellissime, che differenza fa se era Dio oppure no? Kurt Vonnegut
Being an American means never having to say you're sorry. Kurt Vonnegut
There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look. Kurt Vonnegut
Anyone unable to understand how useful religion can be founded on lies will not understand this book either. Kurt Vonnegut
Anything can make me stop and look and wonder, and sometimes learn. Kurt Vonnegut
Everything is nothing, with a twist. Kurt Vonnegut
The most exquisite pleasure in the practice of medicine comes from nudging a layman in the direction of terror, then bringing him back to safety again. Kurt Vonnegut
We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap. Kurt Vonnegut
What made marriage so difficult back then was yet again that instigator of so many other sorts of heartbreak: the oversize brain. Kurt Vonnegut
It's a small world." . . . "When you put it in a cemetery it is. Kurt Vonnegut
You don't do art for any other reason than to help your soul grow. Kurt Vonnegut
Talent is extremely common. What is rare is the willingness to endure the life of the writer. Kurt Vonnegut
You'll forget it when you're dead, and so will I. When I'm dead, I'm going to forget everything–and I advise you to do the same. Kurt Vonnegut
People aren't supposed to look back. I'm certainly not going to do it anymore. Kurt Vonnegut
And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is. Kurt Vonnegut
When things go well for days on end, it is an hilarious accident. Kurt Vonnegut
God damn it, you've got to be kind. Kurt Vonnegut
If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy. Kurt Vonnegut
How nice—to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive. Kurt Vonnegut
And somebody might now want to ask me, "Can't you ever be serious?" The answer is, "No. Kurt Vonnegut
This is Sunday, and the question arises, what'll I start tomorrow? Kurt Vonnegut
Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand. Kurt Vonnegut
I hate it that Americans are taught to fear some books and some ideas as though they were diseases. Kurt Vonnegut