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I realize that some of you may have come in hopes of hearing tips on how to
become a professional writer. I say to you, "If you really want to hurt your
parents, and you don't have the nerve to be a homosexual, the least you can
do is go into the arts. But do not use semicolons. They are transvestite
hermaphrodites, standing for absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've
been to college.


Kurt Vonnegut

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- Why me?
- That is a very Earthling question to ask, Mr. Pilgrim. Why you? Why us for that mat...
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One German-American friend of mine, an architectural historian my own age, can be counted on to exco...
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No respecter of evidence has ever found the least clue as to what life is all about, and what people...
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They do not love one another because they do not love themselves.
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A lover's a liar,
To himself he lies,
The truthful are loveless,
Like oysters their e...
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The most important thing I learnt on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die...
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It was literature in its finest sense, since it made Unk courageous, watchful, and secretly free.
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The only controls available to those on board were two push-buttons on the center post of the cabin ...
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The surface of Earth heaved and seethed in fecund restlessness. Earth was most fertile where the mos...
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Her face ... was a one-of-a-kind, a surprising variation on a familiar theme - a variation that made...
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The more pain I train myself to stand, the more I learn. You are afraid of pain now, Unk, but you wo...
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She was a dull person, but a sensational invitation to make babies.
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Our freedom to say or write whatever we please in this country is holy to me. It is a rare privilege...
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Na początku Bóg stworzył Ziemię i oglądał ją z wyżyn swojej kosmicznej samotności.
I...
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Scum of the Earth as some may be in their daily lives, they can all be saints in emergencies.
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Let me note that Kilgore Trout and I have never used semicolons. They don't do anything, don't sugge...
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Artists," he said, "are people who say, 'I can't fix my country or my state or my city, or even my m...
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I taught how to be sociable with ink on paper. I told my students that when they were writing they s...
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I never asked to be born in the first place.
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In real life as in grand opera, arias only make hopeless situations worse.
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All persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental.
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TV is an eraser.
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And Lot's wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been...
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There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of...
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Everything is nothing, with a twist.
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The letter said that they were two feet high, and green, and shaped like plumber's friends. Their su...
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It is just an illusion here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, an...
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People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have ...
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She was a dull person, but a sensational invitation to make babies. Men looked at her and wanted to ...
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What does seem important? Bargaining in good faith with destiny.
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The economy is a thoughtless weather system- and nothing more. Some joke on the people, to give them...
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I can have oodles of charm when I want to.
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Charm was a scheme for making strangers like and trust a person immediately, no matter what the char...
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1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began l...
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I think that novels that leave out technology misrepresent life as badly as Victorians misrepresente...
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Humor is an almost physiological response to fear.
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Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either...
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One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have ...
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Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand
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Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person...
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Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to rem...
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I think big business is a terrible thing for the spirit of the country, as our spirit is the best th...
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Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be. -Kurt Vonnegut.
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It is a big temptation to me, when I create a character for a novel, to say that he is what he is be...
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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 othe...
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I now make my living by being impolite. I am clumsy at it.
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I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the ki...
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I want to congratulate librarians,...who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democr...
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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 an...
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People don't come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God.
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I was a chemistry major, but I'm always winding up as a teacher in English departments, so I'...
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The worst thing that could possibly happen to anybody would be to not be used for anything by anybod...
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We could have saved [the Earth] but we were too damned cheap.
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All right - I'll tell you what you did for me: you went for happy, silly, beautiful walks with me.
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It may be that the most striking thing about members of my literary generation in retrospect will be...
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I am from a family of artists. Here I am, making a living in the arts. It has not been a rebellion. ...
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But I have to say this in defense of humankind: In no matter what era in history, including the Gard...
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Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. ...
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I don't reveal to her that I love her. I keep poker faced. She might as well be looking at a cantalo...
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The truth is, we know so little about life, we don't really know what the good news is and what the ...
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In case you haven't noticed, as the result of a shamelessly rigged election in Florida, in which tho...
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The bounties of space, of infinite outwardness, were three: empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless...
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If you can do no good, at least do no harm.
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The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal.
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Well, I know," she said. "You'll pretend you were men instead of babies, and you'll be played in the...
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I do not say that children at war do not die like men, if they have to die. To their everlasting hon...
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And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.
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I am a very bad scientist. I will do anything to make a human being feel better, even if it's unscie...
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every grotesquely rich American represents property, privileges, and pleasures that have been denied...
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The Money River, where the wealth of the nation flows. We were born on the banks of it-and so were m...
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May I ask you a highly personal question?"

"It's what life does all the time.
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Be fruitful, and multiply.
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Eliot did to the word love what the Russians did to the word democracy. If Eliot is going to love ev...
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If you would be unloved and forgotten, be reasonable.
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Poverty is a relatively mild disease for even a very flimsy American soul, but uselessness will kill...
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Still and all, why bother? Here's my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: I...
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So I went to New York City to be born again. It was and remains easy for most Americans to go somewh...
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