A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves. To quote the American humorist Kin Hubbard, 'It ain’t no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be.' It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters. The meanest eating or drinking establishment, owned by a man who is himself poor, is very likely to have a sign on its wall asking this cruel question: 'if you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?' There will also be an American flag no larger than a child’s hand — glued to a lollipop stick and flying from the cash register. Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue. Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves. This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say Napoleonic times. Many novelties have come from America. The most startling of these, a thing without precedent, is a mass of undignified poor. They do not love one another because they do not love themselves. .Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go around looking for it, and I think it can be poisonous. I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, 'Please – a little less love, and a little more common decency'.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
If somebody says 'I love you' to me, I feel as though I had a pistol pointed at my head. What can anybody reply under such conditions but that which the pistol holder requires? 'I love you, too'.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
And yet another moral occurs to me now: Make love when you can. It's good for you.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Americans... are forever searching for love in forms it never takes, in places it can never be. It must have something to do with the vanished frontier.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: T H E ONLY PROOF HE NEEDEDFOR THE EXISTENCE OF GODWAS MUSICKurt Vonnegut Jr.
Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly; Man got to sit and wonder 'why, why, why?' Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land; Man got to tell himself he understand.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I’ve said before, bugs in amber.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
The bounties of space, of infinite outwardness, were three: empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless death.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Plato says that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what if the examined life turns out to be a clunker as well?Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." (George Santayana)I've got news for Mr. Santayana: we're doomed to repeat the past no matter what. That's what it is to be alive.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
You'll forget it when you're dead, and so will I. When I'm dead, I'm going to forget everything—and I advise you to do the same.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
People took such awful chances with chemicals and their bodies because they wanted the quality of their lives to improve. They lived in ugly places where there were only ugly things to do. They didn't own doodley-squat, so they couldn't improve their surroundings. so they did their best to make their insides beautiful instead.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Do you realize that all great literature – "Moby Dick, " "Huckleberry Finn, " "A Farewell to Arms, " "The Scarlet Letter, " "The Red Badge of Courage, " "The Iliad and The Odyssey, " "Crime and Punishment, " the Bible, and "The Charge of the Light Brigade" – are all about what a bummer it is to be a. ..human being?Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
The worst thing that could possibly happen to anybody would be to not be used for anything by anybody. Thank you for using me, even though I didn't want to be used by anybody.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Mankind flung its advance agents ever outward, ever outward. Eventually it flung them out into space, into the colorless, tasteless, weightless sea of outwardness without end. It flung them like stones.Kurt Vonnegut Jr.