Kurt Vonnegut’s Birthday

Many of the best quotes we have with us today came from authors. Authors have been inspiring and challenging our culture, society, and our individual selves since the book was invented. Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most talented authors of the modern era. One of his most famous novels was Slaughterhouse-Five.

Kurt Vonnegut was born November 11th, 1922. He lived for 85 years and left us with a wealth of literature and other works. In honor of what would be Vonnegut’s 90th birthday, this week we thought we’d provide some of the best quotes that he left us.

1. On why we’re here: “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you differently.”

2. Likely why he was so talented: “I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.”

3. On maturity: “Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.”

4. On a rather interesting and depressing idea: “Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?”

5. On humans: “Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.”

6. On how people live: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

7. Displaying some dark but funny humor: “One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.”

Hopefully you enjoyed those quotes. Please feel free to add more Kurt Vonnegut quotes to our quotes collection. He certainly was an interesting author and man. Happy Belated Birthday, Kurt!

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