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Kurt Vonnegut Quotes and Sayings

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We are what we pretend to be,
so we must be careful what we pretend to be.
- Kurt Vonnegut

Related topics: Positive Inspirational Motivational Life Human-Nature Psychology Self

True terror is to wake up one morning and discover
that your high school class is running the country.
- 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

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists,
unless laughter could be said to remedy anything.
- Kurt Vonnegut

 

People don't come to church for preachments,
of course, but to daydream about God.
- 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

To whom it may concern: It is springtime.
It is late afternoon.
- Kurt Vonnegut

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Beware of the man who works hard to learn something,
learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.
- Kurt Vonnegut

The year was 2081, and everyone was finally equal.
- Kurt Vonnegut

If people think nature is their friend,
then they sure don't need an enemy.
- Kurt Vonnegut

I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around,
and don't let anybody tell you different.
- Kurt Vonnegut

We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.
- Kurt Vonnegut

All this happened, more or less.
The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true.
- Kurt Vonnegut

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.
- 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

Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment.
There is no why.
- Kurt Vonnegut

Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged
by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?
- Kurt Vonnegut

I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.
- Kurt Vonnegut

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.
- Kurt Vonnegut

Call me Jonah.
My parents did, or nearly did.
They called me John.
- Kurt Vonnegut

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.
- Kurt Vonnegut

Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.
- 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

The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.
- 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

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

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

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.
- Kurt Vonnegut

The greatest way to live with honor in this world
is to be what we pretend to be.
- Socrates

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

We should not pretend to understand
the world only by the intellect;
we apprehend it just as much by feeling.
Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is,
at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest,
also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
- Carl Jung

I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colors.
I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and
am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
- Winston Churchill

I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
- Roy Lichtenstein

I feel exuberant. I don't pretend.
- Bono

I wouldn't pretend to tell you we don't pay our lawyers well.
- Jay Alan Sekulow

My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.
- Mitch Hedberg

I don't pretend to understand the Universe -
it's a great deal bigger than I am.
- Thomas Carlyle

I've never had to pretend to be having sex with somebody.
I'm like the queen of the foreplay dissolve.
- Julia Roberts

Everyone was going to play their part honestly,
and not try and pretend to be good or bad guys.
- Stephen Hopkins

My playground was the theatre.
I'd sit and watch my mother pretend for a living.
As a young girl, that's pretty seductive.
- Gwyneth Paltrow

Your mind can't always tell the difference between
pretend and reality if you pretend too long;
or if you go too deep and really believe in what you're doing.
- Annabella Sciorra

I have always wanted to act ever since I was a little girl.
I would put a blanket under my shirt and pretend that I was pregnant.
Then, I would go through childbirth.
- Dakota Fanning

I go wild on a stage.
Some folks have measured us an image.
They pretend us to be saints.
And that image is much tougher to keep up with.
Because that's not who we are.
- Donnie Wahlberg

You can't pretend to be a Sharon Stone or a Marilyn Monroe.
You really can't fake that.
- Claire Bloom

I ended up gettin' a little Gibson amp and a bass,
because of Gene Simmons of Kiss.
Myself and three other kids would pretend to be Kiss -
I liked Gene the best.
- Jason Newsted

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign
around his or her neck that says,
"Make me feel important." Not only will you succeed in sales,
you will succeed in life.
- Mary Kay Ash

You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters.
The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do.
- Fran Lebowitz

Many filmmakers pretend that they never see anything,
which has always seemed odd to me.
- Jacques Rivette

I wrote The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God in five hours,
but I had it all planned out.
It isn't poetry and it does not pretend to be,
but it does what it sets out to do.
- J. Milton Hayes

In talking, shyness and timidity distort the very meaning of my words.
I don't pretend to know anybody well.
People are like shadows to me and I am like a shadow.
- Gwen John

When you have spent an important part of your life playing Let's Pretend,
it's often easy to see symbolism where none exists.
- Gene Tierney

I couldn't be in a relationship and behave like somebody
else or pretend I felt something I didn't feel.
And that includes saying things I thought might jeopardize the relationship.
- Kenny Loggins

To be able to pretend to be something that I'm frankly
not is very liberating and exciting.
- Hugh Laurie

I can't pretend to be enjoying this.
I can't pretend I'm enjoying going out there and playing this style.
- Tiffeny Milbrett

Let's not pretend that abortion isn't about the mass slaughter of innocents.
- Michael Aston

Well, I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I
haven't been a rogue most of my life.
- Jack Nicholson

We don't pretend to disagree.
- Gene Siskel

Winter testing is essential but there comes a point
where you have had enough of all the rehearsals and the pretend racing.
You just want to get down to the real action.
- Damon Hill

As a kid I used to pretend I was John Denver,
of all people, and play the guitar and sing Take Me Home,
Country Roads.
- Skeet Ulrich

It is foolish to pretend that one is fully recovered
from a disappointed passion.
Such wounds always leave a scar.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I don't think movies or television have any basis in reality at all.
It's all just pretend.
That's what's fun about it.
- James Spader

A movie camera is like having someone you have a crush
on watching you from afar -
you pretend it's not there.
- Daryl Hannah

I get to pretend I'm flying into space,
and hang out with my friends.
That's what I do for a living.
- Jeri Ryan

The economic and political roots of the conflicts are
too strong for us to pretend to create a lasting state
of harmonious understanding between men.
- Alva Myrdal

Some people continue to pretend that anchor people are reporters.
- Peter Jennings

Flying back from New York, the flight attendant said 'God,
I wished you were here yesterday, we had a stroke on the plane.
I said, if I have a stroke on a plane,
I hope the pretend doctor isn't the one on the plane.
I want a real doctor.
- Anthony Edwards

You pretend to be more eccentric than you actually
are because you fear you are an interchangeable cog.
- Doug Coupland

We may pretend that we're basically moral people who make mistakes,
but the whole of history proves otherwise.
- Terry Hands

The more I like me, the less I want to pretend to be other people.
- Jamie Lee Curtis

People discuss my art and pretend to understand as
if it were necessary to understand,
when it's simply necessary to love.
- Claude Monet


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