Monday, April 15, 2024

Epic 100 Quotes Of Kurt Vonnegut


1.“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”

2.“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

3.“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.’”

4.“You were sick, but now you’re well again, and there’s work to do.”

5.“Future generations will look back on TV as the lead in the water pipes that slowly drove the Romans mad.”

6.“Laughing is good exercise. It’s like jogging on the inside.”

7.“Teaching, may I say, is the noblest profession of all in a democracy.”

8.“Maturity, the way I understand it, is knowing what your limitations are.”

9.“All of the true things I am about to tell you are shameless lies.”

10.“And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.”

11.“Evolution is a mistake. Humans are a mistake. We’ve destroyed our planet.”

12.“Make war not on terrorism but on ignorance, on sickness and on environmental degradation.”

13.“When everything was beautiful and nothing hurt…”

14.“You should be careful about who you pretend to be, because who you pretend to be – is actually who you are!”

15.“We are here for no purpose, unless we can invent one.”

16.“I am eternally grateful for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honored to be alive, no matter what else might be going on.”

17.“The death of a library, any library, suggests that the community has lost its soul.”

18.“Do I resent rich people? No. The best or worst I can do is notice them. I agree with the great Socialist writer George Orwell, who felt that rich people were poor people with money.”

19.“The triumph of anything is a matter of organization.”

20.“Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.”

21.“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.”

22.“Time is liquid. One moment is no more important than any other and all moments quickly run away.”

23.“Somebody gets into trouble, then gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get tired of it.”

24.“All this happened, more or less.”

25.“This is a nation tragedy, of course – that we’ve changed from a society to an audience.”

26.“A man without a home can’t be lost.”

27.“You become who you pretend to be.”

28.“The champagne was dead. So it goes.”

29.“Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.”

30.“Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.”

31.“Love is where you find it.”

32.“Educate yourself, welcome life’s messiness, read Chekhov, avoid becoming an architect at all costs.”

33.“No good at life, but very funny sometimes with the commentary.”

34.“I wish we had all been born birds instead.”

35.“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.”

36.“I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around. Lucky me, lucky mud.”

37.“Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.”

38.“Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly; Man got to sit and wonder ‘why, why, why?’ Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land; Man got to tell himself he understand.”

39.“Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God.”

40.“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”

41.“If you want to break the rules of grammar, first learn the rules of grammar.”

42.“Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”

43.“Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.”

44.“Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.”

45.“Unannounced changes in life’s itinerary are like dancing lessons from God.”

46.“A sane person to an insane society must appear insane.”

47.“Be fruitful, and multiply.”

48.“Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.”

49.“If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”

50.“True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.”

51.“Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.”

52.“We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.”

53.“I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.”

54.“If you can’t write clearly, you probably don’t think nearly as well as you think you do.”

55.“History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.”

56.“Be patient. Your future will come to you and lie down at your feet like a dog who knows and loves you no matter what you are.”

57.“What war has always been is a puberty ceremony.”

58.“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”

59.“The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music.”

60.“Science is magic that works.”

61.“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”

62.“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”

63.“If you want to break the rules of grammar, first learn the rules of grammar.”

64.“God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

65.“I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.”

66.“If you can do no good, at least do no harm.”

67.“And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.”

68.“To be is to do – Socrates To do is to be – Sartre Do Be Do Be Do – Sinatra.”

69.“Everything is nothing, with a twist.”

70.“Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.”

71.“No moral value is greater than humanity.”

72.“An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”

73.“The secret to success in any human endeavor is total concentration.”

74.“All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist.”

75.“The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”

76.“When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”

77.“Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.”

78.“New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.”

79.“Everything that ever has been always will be, and everything that ever will be always has been.”

80.“Don’t be reckless with other peoples hearts. And don’t put up with people that are reckless with yours.”

81.“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”

82.“I still catch myself feeling sad about things that don’t matter anymore.”

83.“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.”

84.“So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”

85.“The practice of art isn’t to make a living. It’s to make your soul grow.”

86.“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 Perhaps From the floor Of the Grand Canyon, “It is done.” People did not like it here.”

87.“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.”

88.“We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.”

89.“If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you’re a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.”

90.“There is no peace, I’m sorry to say. We find it. We lose it. We find it again. We lose it again.”

91.“I am a Tralfamadorian, seeing all time as you might see a stretch of the Rocky Mountains. All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is.”

92.“I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle.”

93.“There is no order in the world around us, we must adapt ourselves to the requirements of chaos instead.”

94.“Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker as well?”

95.“The two prime movers in the Universe are Time and Luck.”

96.“Alcohol and marijuana, if used in moderation, plus loud, usually low-class music, make stress and boredom infinitely more bearable.”

97.“Only nut cases want to be president. This was true even in high school. Only clearly disturbed people ran for class president.”

98.“Nobody will stop you from creating. Do it tonight. Do it tomorrow. That is the way to make your soul grow…”

99.“Think of what a paradise this world would be if men were kind and wise.”

100.“Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic, and in tough times of my life I can listen to music and it makes such a difference.”

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