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Kurt Vonnegut

1922-2007 ,  American writer
Kurt VonnegutAmerican writer noted for his wryly satirical novels who frequently used postmodern techniques as well as elements of fantasy and science fiction to highlight the horrors and ironies of 20th-century civilization.
Vonnegut published 14 novels, 3 short story collections, 5 plays, and 5 works of non-fiction. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969).

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

High school is closer to the core of the American experience than anything else I can think of.

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.

Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.

Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the Universe.

Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power.

In case you haven’t noticed, we are now almost as feared and hated all over the world as the Nazis were.

War is now a form of TV entertainment, and what made the First World War so particularly entertaining were two American inventions, barbed wire and the machine gun.

Shrapnel was invented by an Englishman of the same name. Don't you wish you could have something named after you?

Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.

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

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

The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.

The only difference between Hitler and Bush is that Hitler was elected.

Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.

I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.

Science is magic that works.

We're terrible animals. I think that the Earth's immune system is trying to get rid of us, as well it should.

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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.

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


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