Kurt Vonnegut

United States writer whose novels and short stories are a mixture of realism and satire and science fiction (born in 1922)

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Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
I was taught in the sixth grade that we had a standing army of just over a hundred thousand men and that the generals had nothing to say about what was done in Washington. I was taught to be proud of that and to pity Europe for having more than a million men under arms and spending all their money on airplanes and tanks. I simply never unlearned junior civics. I still believe in it. I got a very good grade.
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.
It was a thunderingly beautiful experience -- voluptuous, sexual, dangerous, and expensive as hell.
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.
Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.
New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.
One of the few good things about modern times If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.
Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.
There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I dont know what can be done to fix it. This is it Only nut cases want to be president.
Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand
We are all what we pretend to be, but, we had better be very careful what we pretend.
We are what we imagine ourselves to be.
We are what we pretend to be, but we better be very careful what we pretend.
What war has always been is a puberty ceremony. It's a very rough one, but you went away a boy and came back a man, maybe with an eye missing or whatever but godammit you were a man and people had to call you a man thereafter.

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