60 Kurt Vonnegut Quotes About Life, Love And Death

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is an American writer. Over the course of fifty years, Vonnegut produced fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction. Player Piano and Breakfast of Champions are two of his best works.

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60 Best Kurt Vonnegut Quotes

  1. “I admire anybody who finishes a work of art, no matter how awful it may be.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  2. “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.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  3. “Any time I see a person fleeing from reason and into religion, I think to myself, ‘There goes a person who simply cannot stand being so goddamned lonely anymore.’” – Kurt Vonnegut
  4. “That’s what it was to be young—to be enthusiastic rather than envious about the good work other people could do.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  5. “Be aware of this truth that the people on this earth could be joyous, if only they would live rationally, and if they would contribute mutually to each others’ welfare.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  6. “You’ll forget it when you’re dead, and so will I. When I’m dead, I’m going to forget everything—and I advise you to do the same.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  7. “My wife has been killed by a machine which should never have come into the hands of any human being. It is called a firearm. It makes the blackest of all human wishes come true at once, at a distance: that something die. There is evil for you.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  8. “We cannot get rid of mankind’s fleetingly wicked wishes. We can get rid of the machines that make them come true. I give you a holy word: Disarm.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  9.  “You know what else I think? I think life is no way to treat an animal, and not just people, but pigs and chickens, too. Life just hurts too much.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  10. “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.” – Kurt Vonnegut
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  11. “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  12. “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.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  13. “But I have to say this in defense of humankind: No matter in what era in history, including the Garden of Eden, everybody just got there. And, except for the Garden of Eden, there were already all these crazy games going on, which could make you act crazy, even if you weren’t crazy to begin with.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  14. “Live by the foma that make you brave and kind and healthy and happy.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  15. “People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order, so they’ll have good voice boxes in case there’s ever anything really meaningful to say.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  16. “No wonder kids grow up crazy. A cat’s cradle is nothing but a bunch of X’s between somebody’s hands, and little kids look and look and look at all those X’s. . .No damn cat, and no damn cradle.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  17. “That is my principal objection to life, I think: It is too easy, when alive, to make perfectly horrible mistakes.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  18.  “So I hope that you will do the same for the rest of your lives. When things are going sweetly and peacefully, please pause a moment, and then say out loud, ‘If this isn’t nice, what is?’” – Kurt Vonnegut
  19. “I am being so silly because I pity you so much. I pity all of us so much. Life is going to be very tough again, just as soon as this is over. And the most useful thought we can hold when all hell cuts loose again is that we are not members of different generations, as unlike, as some people would have us believe, as Eskimos and Australian Aborigines. We are all so close to each other in time that we should think of ourselves as brothers and sisters.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  20.  “Here is my understanding of the Universe and mankind’s place in it at the present time: The seeming curvature of the Universe is an illusion. The Universe is really as straight as a string, except for a loop at either end. The loops are microscopic. One tip of the string is forever vanishing.” – Kurt Vonnegut
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  21. “My longer-range schemes have to do with providing all Americans with artificial extended families of a thousand members or more. Only when we have overcome loneliness can we begin to share wealth and work more fairly. I honestly believe that we will have those families by-and-by, and I hope they will become international.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  22. “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  23. “In real life, as in Grand Opera, arias only make hopeless situations worse.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  24. “Listen: We are here on Earth to fart around. Don’t let anybody tell you any different!” – Kurt Vonnegut
  25. “Here is all she had to say about death: ‘Oh my, oh my.’” – Kurt Vonnegut
  26. “We had forgotten that wars were fought by babies. When I saw those freshly shaved faces, it was a shock. ‘My God, my God—’, I said to myself. ‘It’s a Children’s Crusade.’” – Kurt Vonnegut
  27. “You want to know something? We are still in the Dark Ages. The Dark Agesthey haven’t ended yet.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  28. “Egregious. Most people think that word means terrible or unheard of or unforgivable. It has a much more interesting story than that to tell. It means ‘outside the herd.’ Imagine thatthousands of people, outside the herd.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  29. “What passes for a culture in my head is really a bunch of commercials, and this is intolerable. It may be impossible to live without a culture.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Wampeters
  30.  “Many novelties have come from America. The most startling of these, a thing without precedent, is a mass of undignified poor. They do not love one another because they do not love themselves.” – Kurt Vonnegut
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  31. “If you protest, if you think that death is a terrible thing, then you have not understood a word I’ve said… It is time for you to go home to your wives and children, and it is time for me to be dead for a little while—and then live again.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  32. “The nicest veterans… the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones who’d really fought.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  33. “If I should ever die, again God forbid, I hope some of you will say, ‘Kurt’s up in Heaven now.’ That’s my favorite joke.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  34. “I am of course notoriously hooked on cigarettes. I keep hoping the things will kill me. A fire at one end and a fool at the other.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  35. “Perhaps, when we remember wars, we should take off our clothes and paint ourselves blue and go on all fours all day long and grunt like pigs. That would surely be more appropriate than noble oratory and shows of flags and well-oiled guns.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  36.  “All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I’ve said before, bugs in amber.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  37. “All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  38. “There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  39. “It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone it is gone forever.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  40. “This was when Billy first came unstuck in time. His attention began to swing grandly through the full arc of his life, passing into death, which was violet light. There wasn’t anybody else there, or any thing. There was just violet light—and a hum.” – Kurt Vonnegut
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  41.  “The poetry of four seasons is all wrong for this part of the planet, and this may explain why we are so depressed so much of the time.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  42. “And how can you say a man had a good mind when he couldn’t even bother to do anything when the best-hearted, most beautiful woman in the world, his own wife, was dying for lack of love and understanding.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  43. “They were lovebirds. They entertained each other endlessly with little gifts: sights worth seeing out the plane window, amusing or instructive bits from things they read, random recollections of times gone by.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  44. “We Bokononists believe that it is impossible to be sole-to-sole with another person without loving the person, provided the feet of both persons are clean and nicely tended.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  45. “A man who wants all of somebody’s love. That’s very bad.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  46. “It was very exciting for her, taking his dignity away in the name of love.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  47. “I will tell you how to win love: wear nice clothing and smile all the time. Learn the words to all the latest songs.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  48. “Make love when you can. It’s good for you.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  49. “I do not propose to discuss my love life. I will say that I still can’t get over how women are shaped, and that I will go to my grave wanting to pet their butts and boobs. I will say, too, that lovemaking, if sincere, is one of the best ideas Satan put in the apple she gave to the serpent to give to Eve.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  50. “There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look. I am proof of that.” – Kurt Vonnegut
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  51. “Actually, I am highly suspicious of love, and any honest biography of me would bear that out.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  52. “On other days we have wars as horrible as any you’ve ever seen or read about. There isn’t anything we can do about them, so we simply don’t look at them. We ignore them. We spend eternity looking at pleasant moments—like today at the zoo.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  53. “The advocates of nuclear disarmament seem to believe that, if they could achieve their aim, war would become tolerable and decent. They would do well to…ponder the fate of Dresden, where 135,000 people died as the result of an air attack with conventional weapons.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  54.  “Actors know everything they are going to say and do, and how everything is going to come out in the end, for good or ill, when the curtain goes up on Act One, Scene One. Yet they have no choice but to behave as though the future were a mystery.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  55. “Listen, if it isn’t a timequake dragging us through knothole after knothole, it’s something else just as mean and powerful.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  56. “The timequake of 2001 was a cosmic charley horse in the sinews of Destiny. At what was in New York City 2:27 p.m. on February 13th of that year, the Universe suffered a crisis in self-confidence. Should it go on expanding indefinitely? What was the point?” – Kurt Vonnegut
  57.  “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 what the pistol-holder requires?” – Kurt Vonnegut
  58. “That’s one thing Earthlings might learn to do, if they tried hard enough: Ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  59.  “A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.” – Kurt Vonnegut
  60. “Americans…are forever searching for love in forms it never takes, in places it can never be. It must have something to do with the vanished frontier.” – Kurt Vonnegut

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