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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Quotes

(1922), American Novelist

Being American is to eat a lot of beef steak, and boy, we've got a lot more beef steak than any other country, and that's why you ought to be glad you're an American. And people have started looking at these big hunks of bloody meat on their plates, you know, and wondering what on earth they think they're doing.

Category: America

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

Category: Appearance

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.''

Category: Army And Navy

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.

Category: Astrology

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

Category: Caution

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

Category: Character

Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much more gracefully than human beings really move. Films and books and plays show us people talking much more entertainingly than people.

Category: Illusion

We are what we imagine ourselves to be.

Category: Imagination

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.

Category: Intelligence And Intellectuals

If somebody says, ''I love you,'' to me, I feel as though I had a pistol pointed at my head. What can anybody reply under such conditions but that which the pistol-holder requires? ''I love you, too. ''

Category: Love

Thinking doesn't seem to help very much. The human brain is too high-powered to have many practical uses in this particular universe.

Category: Mind

We are all what we pretend to be, but, we had better be very careful what we pretend.

Category: People

The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. The people don't acknowledge this. They claim membership in two imaginary parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, instead.

Category: Politicians And Politics

I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled ''Science Fiction'' and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal.

Category: Science Fiction

There's only one me, and I'm stuck with him.

Category: Self-love