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Writers' Quotes: Kurt Vonnegut

Quotes from "A Man Without A Country"

Kurt Vonnegut was the man. Whether you have read his books or not, you should definitely read some of these quotes from his last book, “A Man Without a Country.” Kurt Vonnegut was a man of many beliefs who took the opportunity to tell the world what he believed whenever he could.
Here are some of Kurt Vonnegut’s best quotes from the book:

Kurt Vonnegut on technology: ‘“Bill Gates says, “Wait until you see what your computer can become.” But it’s not your computer that should do the becoming. It’s you.”

Kurt Vonnegut on writing about war: “And what I saw, what I had to report, made war look so ugly. You know, the truth can be really powerful stuff. You’re not expecting it. Of course, the other reason not to talk about war is that it is unspeakable.”

Kurt Vonnegut on America: “Many years ago I was so innocent that I still considered it possible that we could become the humane and reasonable Americans that so many of my generation used to dream of....But now I know that there is no chance of America becoming humane and reasonable.”

Kurt Vonnegut on Socialism: “Socialism is no more an evil word than ‘Christianity.’”

Kurt Vonnegut on fossil fuels: “When you got here, when I got here, the industrialized world was already hooked on fossil fuels, and very soon there won’t be any left. Cold turkey. Can I tell you the truth?......We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial.”

Kurt Vonnegut on semicolons: “Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.”

Kurt Vonnegut on women: “I know what women want: a whole lot of people to talk to.”

Kurt Vonnegut on twerps: “Do you know what a twerp is? When I was in Shortridge High School in Indianapolis 65 years ago, a twerp was a guy who stuck a set of false teeth up his butt and hit the buttons off the back seats of taxi cabs.”

Kurt Vonnegut on the arts: “If you don’t want to be gay and you really want to hurt your parents, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very humane way of making life bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how badly, is a way of making your soul grow for Heaven’s sake.”