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No More Farting Around: A Tribute to Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut is (still) dead. This disqualifies him as the greatest living writer, but does nothing to negate the fact he was the greatest living writer only moments before his passing. A few quotations to remember him by…

“All of the true things that I am about to tell you are shameless lies.”

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

“I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without any expectation of rewards or punishments after I’m dead.”

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

“1492. The teachers told the children that this was when their continent was discovered by human beings. Actually, millions of human beings were already living full and imaginative lives on the continent in 1492. That was simply the year in which sea pirates began to cheat and rob and kill them.”

“Doesn’t anything socialistic make you want to throw up? Like great public schools, or health insurance for all?”

“Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt.”

“I don’t care if I’m remembered or not when I’m dead.”

“So it goes.”

Also try another article under Poetry and Fiction
or another one of the writings of Gavin.

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