Kurt Vonnegut Quotes (271 quotes)
“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.”
Knowing What's Nice, an essay from In These Times (2003) - Various interviews
“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.”
Palm Sunday: an autobiographical collage (Dell, 1982), p. 327
“Sally In The Garden:
Sally in the garden,
Lifted up her leg,
And farted like a man,
The bursting of her bloomers broke sixteen winders,
The cheeks of her ass went (blam, blam, blam)”
“Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.”
Hocus Pocus (1990)
Kilgore Trout's epitaph - Breakfast of Champions (1973)
“1. Find a subject you care about.
2. Do not ramble, though.
3. Keep it simple.
4. Have the guts to cut.
5. Sound like yourself.
6. Say what you mean to say.
7. Pity the readers.”
As quoted in Science Fictionisms (1995), compiled by William Rotsler - Various interviews
“Beer, of course, is actually a depressant. But poor people will never stop hoping otherwise.”
Hocus Pocus (1990)
“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
As quoted in Vonnegut's Blues For America Sunday Herald (7 January 2006) - Various interviews
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Born: November 11, 1922
Died: April 11, 2007 (aged 84)
Occupation: Author, novelist, essayist
Bio: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was a 20th-century American writer. His works such as Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Breakfast of Champions blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. As a citizen he was a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a critical leftist intellectual.
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