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Kurt Vonnegut

Geburtstag: 11. November 1922
Todesdatum: 11. April 2007
Andere Namen: Vonegut, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

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Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. war ein US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller.

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Zitate Kurt Vonnegut

„Darum hat Kurt Vonnegut einmal gefragt: "Was ist das für eine Presse, die wir heute haben, wenn man Bücher lesen muss, um zu wissen, was in der Welt passiert?"“

—  Kurt Vonnegut
Armin Wertz: Meister der geheimen Kriege, 22. März 2017 heise.de https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Meister-der-geheimen-Kriege-3650452.html. "And still on the subject of books: Our daily sources of news, papers and TV, are now so craven, so unvigilant on behalf of the American people, so uninformative, that only in books can we find out what is really going on. I will cite an example: House of Bush, House of Saud by Craig Unger, published near the start of this humiliating, shameful blood-soaked year." - „I Love You, Madame Librarian“. 6. August 2004 inthesetimes.com http://inthesetimes.com/article/903/i_love_you_madame_librarian

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„I thought scientists were going to find out exactly how everything worked, and then make it work better.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut
Bennington College address (1970), Context: I thought scientists were going to find out exactly how everything worked, and then make it work better. I fully expected that by the time I was twenty-one, some scientist, maybe my brother, would have taken a color photograph of God Almighty — and sold it to Popular Mechanics magazine. Scientific truth was going to make us so happy and comfortable. What actually happened when I was twenty-one was that we dropped scientific truth on Hiroshima.

„Human beings will be happier — not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie — but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That’s my utopia.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut
Playboy interview (1973), Context: I couldn't survive my own pessimism if I didn't have some kind of sunny little dream. … Human beings will be happier — not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie — but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That’s my utopia. That's what I want for me.

„War is now a form of TV entertainment“

—  Kurt Vonnegut
I Love You, Madame Librarian (2004), Context: War is now a form of TV entertainment, and what made the First World War so particularly entertaining were two American inventions, barbed wire and the machine gun.

„Everything of mine which has been filmed so far has been one character short, and that character is me.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut
Between Time and Timbuktu (1972), Context: I have become an enthusiast for the printed word again. I have to be that, I now understand, because I want to be a character in all of my works. I can do that in print. In a movie, somehow, the author always vanishes. Everything of mine which has been filmed so far has been one character short, and that character is me. "Preface"

„I used to think that science would save us, and science certainly tried. But we can't stand any more tremendous explosions, either for or against democracy.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut
Bennington College address (1970), Context: We would be a lot safer if the Government would take its money out of science and put it into astrology and the reading of palms. I used to think that science would save us, and science certainly tried. But we can't stand any more tremendous explosions, either for or against democracy.

„Scientific truth was going to make us so happy and comfortable. What actually happened when I was twenty-one was that we dropped scientific truth on Hiroshima.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut
Bennington College address (1970), Context: I thought scientists were going to find out exactly how everything worked, and then make it work better. I fully expected that by the time I was twenty-one, some scientist, maybe my brother, would have taken a color photograph of God Almighty — and sold it to Popular Mechanics magazine. Scientific truth was going to make us so happy and comfortable. What actually happened when I was twenty-one was that we dropped scientific truth on Hiroshima.

„I sometimes wondered what the use of any of the arts was. The best thing I could come up with was what I call the canary in the coal mine theory of the arts.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut
Various interviews, Context: I sometimes wondered what the use of any of the arts was. The best thing I could come up with was what I call the canary in the coal mine theory of the arts. This theory says that artists are useful to society because they are so sensitive. They are super-sensitive. They keel over like canaries in poison coal mines long before more robust types realize that there is any danger whatsoever. "Physicist, Purge Thyself" in the Chicago Tribune Magazine (22 June 1969)

„I simply never unlearned junior civics. I still believe in it.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut
Various interviews, Context: I was taught in the sixth grade that we had a standing army of just over a hundred thousand men and that the generals had nothing to say about what was done in Washington. I was taught to be proud of that and to pity Europe for having more than a million men under arms and spending all their money on airplanes and tanks. I simply never unlearned junior civics. I still believe in it. I got a very good grade. As quoted by James Lundquist in Kurt Vonnegut (1971)

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„People who find those lessons irrelevant in the twentieth century are simply using science as an excuse for greed and harshness. Science has nothing to do with it, friends.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut
Bennington College address (1970), Context: A great swindle of our time is the assumption that science has made religion obsolete. All science has damaged is the story of Adam and Eve and the story of Jonah and the Whale. Everything else holds up pretty well, particularly lessons about fairness and gentleness. People who find those lessons irrelevant in the twentieth century are simply using science as an excuse for greed and harshness. Science has nothing to do with it, friends.

„Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut
Cold Turkey (2004), Context: Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power. By saying that our leaders are power-drunk chimpanzees, am I in danger of wrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East? Their morale, like so many bodies, is already shot to pieces. They are being treated, as I never was, like toys a rich kid got for Christmas.

„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.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano
Player Piano (1952), Context: "You think I'm insane?" said Finnerty. Apparently he wanted more of a reaction than Paul had given him. "You're still in touch. I guess that's the test." "Barely — barely." "A psychiatrist could help. There's a good man in Albany." Finnerty shook his head. "He'd pull me back into the center, and 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." He nodded, "Big, undreamed-of things — the people on the edge see them first." Chapter 9 (p. 86)

„What we will be seeking … for the rest of our lives will be large, stable communities of like-minded people, which is to say relatives. They no longer exist.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut, buch Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday (1981), Context: What we will be seeking … for the rest of our lives will be large, stable communities of like-minded people, which is to say relatives. They no longer exist. The lack of them is not only the main cause, but probably the only cause of our shapeless discontent in the midst of such prosperity. "Thoughts of a Free Thinker", commencement address, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (26 May 1974)

„We Bokonists believe that humanity is organized into teams, teams that do God's Will without ever discovering what they are doing.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut, buch Cat's Cradle
Cat's Cradle (1963), Context: We Bokonists believe that humanity is organized into teams, teams that do God's Will without ever discovering what they are doing. Such a team is called a karass by Bokonon "If you find your life tangled up with somebody else's life for no very logical reasons," writes Bokonon, "that person may be a member of your karass." At another point in The Books of Bokonon he tells us, "Man created the checkerboard; God created the karass." By that he means that a karass ignores national, institutional, occupational, familial, and class boundaries. It is as free form as an amoeba.

„What had made me move through so many dead and pointless years was curiosity. Now even that flickered out.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night
Mother Night (1961), Context: What froze me was the fact that I had absolutely no reason to move in any direction. What had made me move through so many dead and pointless years was curiosity. Now even that flickered out. <!-- (232)

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