Kurt Vonnegut Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Kurt Vonnegut quotes, Kurt Vonnegut sayings, and Kurt Vonnegut proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.     

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You can't just eat good food. You've got to talk about it too. And you've got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.     

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Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.     

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Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.      

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Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.     

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Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion . . . . I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.     

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It is a very mixed blessing to be brought back from the dead.     

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If you would be unloved and forgotten, be reasonable.     

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Everyone now knows how to find the meaning of life within himself.     

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Alcohol and marijuana, if used in moderation, plus loud, usually low-class music, make stress and boredom infinitely more bearable.     

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I went to New York to be born again.     

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Alcohol and marijuana, if used in moderation, plus loud, usually low-class music, make stress and boredom infinitely more bearable.     

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Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.     

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The most exquisite pleasure in the practice of medicine comes from nudging a layman in the direction of terror, then bringing him back to safety again.     

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Roses are red, And ready for plucking, You're sixteen, And ready for high school.     

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What's going to happen is, very soon, we're going to run out of petroleum, and everything depends on petroleum. And there go the school buses. There go the fire engines. The food trucks will come to a halt. This is the end of the world.     

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An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.     

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Fuller's cigar in the night was a beacon warning carefree, frivolous people away. It was plainly a cigar smoked in anger.     

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We're not too young for love, just too young for about everything there is that goes with love.     

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Evolution is so creative. That's how we got giraffes.     

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Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.     

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

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If you would be unloved and forgotten, be reasonable.     

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There is nothing left of him but curiosity and a pair of eyes.     

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One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters.     

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Charm was a scheme for making strangers like and trust a person immediately, no matter what the charmer had in mind.     

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

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