"Do you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being? Isn't it such a relief to have somebody say that?"
-A Man Without a Country
Kurt Vonnegut's books deserve to be read. That's why he gets a post dedicated to all the books. Kurt Vonnegut's ability to walk the line between total cynicism and unabashed hope made him a genius. His conversational writing style made his accessible. His legend lives on forever.
Here's a few excerpts from some of my favorites.
There are plenty of good reasons for fighting...but no good reason to ever hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty hates with you, too. Where's evil? It's that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side. It's that part of every man that finds all kinds of ugliness so attractive....it's that part of an imbecile that punishes and vilifies and makes war gladly.
We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
Slaughter House Five:
How nice -- to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.
And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.
Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder 'why, why, why?'
Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land;
Man got to tell himself he understand.
I want to stand 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.
Welcome to the Monkey House:
A sane person to an insane society must appear insane
A Man Without a Country: