A Man Without a Country is Kurt Vonnegut’s hilariously funny and razor-sharp look at life ("If I die—God forbid—I would like to go to heaven to ask somebody in charge up there, ‘Hey, what was the good news and what was the bad news?"), art ("To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is... read more
“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”Kurt Vonnegut.
“My last words? 'Life is no way to treat an animal, not even a mouse.'”Kurt Vonnegut.
“Foreigners love us for our jazz. And they don't hate us for our purported liberty and justice for all. They hate us now for our arrogance.”Kurt Vonnegut.
“Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.”
“I don't know about you, but I practice a disorganized religion. I belong to an unholy disorder. We call ourselves "our lady of perpetual astonishment."”
“Can I tell you the truth? I mean this isn't the TV news is it? Here's what I think the truth is: we are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we're hooked on.”
“Don't spoil the party, but here's the truth: We have squandered our planet's resources, including air and water, as though there were no tomorrow, so now there isn't going to be one.”
The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.Highlighted by 57 Kindle customers
The last thing I ever wanted was to be alive when the three most powerful people on the whole planet would be named Bush, Dick and Colon.Highlighted by 51 Kindle customers
And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”Highlighted by 43 Kindle customers
I think that novels that leave out technology misrepresent life as badly as Victorians misrepresented life by leaving out sex.Highlighted by 42 Kindle customers
Electronic communities build nothing. You wind up with nothing. We are dancing animals. How beautiful it is to get up and go out and do something. We are here on Earth to fart around. Don’t let anybody tell you any different.Highlighted by 39 Kindle customers
How do humanists feel about Jesus? I say of Jesus, as all humanists do, “If what he said is good, and so much of it is absolutely beautiful, what does it matter if he was God or not?”Highlighted by 39 Kindle customers
We humanists try to behave as decently, as fairly, and as honorably as we can without any expectation of rewards or punishments in an afterlife.Highlighted by 38 Kindle customers
You think Arabs are dumb? Try doing long division with Roman numerals.Highlighted by 21 Kindle customers
As a kid I was the youngest
Do you know what a twerp is?
Here is a lesson in creative writing
I'm going to tell you some news
Okay, now let's have some fun
I have been called a Luddite
I turned eighty-two on November 11
Do you know what a humanist is?
Do unto others
A sappy woman from Ypsilanti
Now then, I have some good news
I used to be the owner and manager of an automobile dealership
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