Quotes by Kurt Vonnegut


Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.
– Kurt Vonnegut
All this happened, more or less. The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true.
– Kurt Vonnegut
Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.
– Kurt Vonnegut
Call me Jonah. My parents did, or nearly did. They called me John.
– Kurt Vonnegut
Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.
– Kurt Vonnegut
Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
– Kurt Vonnegut
I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.
– Kurt Vonnegut
I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.
– Kurt Vonnegut
I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.
– Kurt Vonnegut
If people think nature is their friend, then they sure don't need an enemy.
– Kurt Vonnegut
If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.
– Kurt Vonnegut
It is a very mixed blessing to be brought back from the dead.
– Kurt Vonnegut
Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.
– Kurt Vonnegut
Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.
– Kurt Vonnegut
People don't come to church for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God.
– Kurt Vonnegut
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
Some jerk infected the Internet with an outright lie. It shows how easy it is to do and how credulous people are.
– Kurt Vonnegut
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.
– Kurt Vonnegut
The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.
– Kurt Vonnegut
The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal.
– Kurt Vonnegut