From Papananook I learn that Kurt Vonnegut says we are put here to witness...
I like that. It puts things in perspective for me, draws me out.
That leads me to Wikipedia for more Kurt Vonnegut.
- 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."
- "Knowing What's Nice", an essay from In These Times (2003)
- [When Vonnegut tells his wife he's going out to buy an envelope] Oh, she says well, you're not a poor man. You know, why don't you go online and buy a hundred envelopes and put them in the closet? And so I pretend not to hear her. And go out to get an envelope because I'm going to have a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope. I meet a lot of people. And, see some great looking babes. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the thumbs up. And, and ask a woman what kind of dog that is. And, and I don't know. The moral of the story is, is we're here on Earth to fart around. And, of course, the computers will do us out of that. And, what the computer people don't realize, or they don't care, is we're dancing animals. You know, we love to move around. And, we're not supposed to dance at all anymore. Interview by David Brancaccio, NOW (PBS) (7 October 2005
- If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC
- As quoted in "Vonnegut's Blues For America" Sunday Herald (7 January 2006)
- The only difference between Bush and Hitler is that Hitler was elected.
- As quoted in "Kurt Vonnegut's 'Stardust Memory'" by Harvey Wasserman in The Free Press (4 March 2006); In actuality, Hitler also wasn't elected by a clear majority vote. Although the Nazi Party was elected to the largest number of seats in the Reichstag, it did not have a majority, and could only form a government through a coalition. Eventually, Hitler was appointed as Chancellor by President Paul von Hinderburg, and used that position as leverage to gain dictatorial powers.