Thirteen Vonnegut Quotes


1. 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.

2. History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. I still believe that peace and plenty of happiness can be worked out some way. I am a fool.

6. The two prime movers in the Universe are Time & Luck

7. Make love when you can. It's good for you.

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

9. The insane, on occasion, are not without their charms.

10. Call me Jonah. My parents did, or nearly did. They called me John.

11. Vietnam was an exercise in mistaken idealism; Iraq in cynical money-making. And there's no optimism or idealism now -- Americans are tired of knowledge. Our leaders, the C-students from Yale, know this. We're proud of being ignorant; that leaves virtue at our core. We aren't frazzled by knowledge like foreigners, so we can be trusted.

12. 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?

13. If you find your life tangled up with somebody else's life for no very logical reasons, that person may be a member of your karass.