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Kurt Vonnegut

1922 - 2007

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”




“Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, It might have been. ”




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




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




“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.'”




“Tiger got to hunt, Bird got to fly;
Man got to sit around and wonder, 'Why, Why, Why?'.
Tiger got to sleep, Bird got to land;
Man got to tell himself he understand.”




“In the beginning, God created the earth, and he looked upon it in His cosmic loneliness.

And God said, "Let Us make living creatures out of mud, so the mud can see what We have done." And God created every living creature that now moveth, and one was man. Mud as man alone could speak. God leaned close to mud as man sat up, looked around, and spoke.

Man blinked. "What is the purpose of all this?" he asked politely.

"Everything must have a purpose?" asked God.

"Certainly," said man.

"Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this," said God.

And He went away.”