an overdue Kurt Vonnegut post

“We are never as modern, as far ahead of the past as we like to think we are.” – Mother Night

“Future civilizations – better civilizations than this one – are going to judge all men by the extent to which they’ve been artists. You and I…will be judged by the quality of our creations. Nothing else about us will matter.” – Mother Night

“Why should I bother with made-up games when there are so many real ones going on?’ – Cat’s Cradle

“When it became evident that no government or economic reform was going to make the people much less miserable, the religion became to one real instrument of hope. Truth was the enemy of the people, because the truth was so terrible” – Cat’s Cradle

“The Universe is an awfully big place. There is room enough for an awful lot of people to be right about things and still not agree.” – The Sirens of Titan

“even a man without a friend in the Universe could still find his home…heartbreakingly beautiful” – The Sirens of Titan

“it was an age of Empires. So is this one, not all that well disguised.” – Bluebeard

“It has been said many times that man’s knowledge of himself has been left behind by his understanding of technology, and that we can have peace and plenty and justice only when man’s knowledge of himself catches up. This is not true. All that is required is that we become less selfish than we are.” – Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons (this brings to mind something I read in ‘Naked Lunch’ by William S. Burroughs – “Western man is externalizing himself in the form of gadgets.”)

“I cannot distinguish between the love I have for people and the love I have for dogs.” – Slapstick

“Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous.” – Slapstick

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”

“We all see our lives as stories…if a person survives an ordinary span of sixty years or more, there is every chance his or her life as a shapely story has ended, and all that remains to be experienced is the epilogue. Life is not over, but the story is.” – Deadeye Dick

“An enthusiasm for technological cures for almost all forms of human discontent was the only religions of my family…but I learned how vile that religion of mine could be when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.” – Palm Sunday

“Man is not evil. He is simply too hilariously stupid to survive” – Palm Sunday


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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One Response to an overdue Kurt Vonnegut post

  1. cwmackowski says:

    That was fantastic. Thanks! There’s plenty of there for me to chew on for days….

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