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Kurt Vonnegut's quotes
"Well, the telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful."
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be."
"There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don’t know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president."
"The worst thing that could happen to anybody, would be to not be used for anything by anybody."
"The public health authorities never mention the main reason many Americans have for smoking heavily, which is that smoking is a fairly sure, fairly honorable form of suicide."
"The practice of art isn't to make a living. It's to make your soul grow."
"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."
"People have to talk about something just to keep their good voice boxes in working order, so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say."
"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."
"New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become."
"Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything."
"Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward."
"History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again."
"Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, And don't put up with people that are reckless with yours."
"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."
"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."
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