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Kurt Vonnegut

Cat's Cradle

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  • Yana Manukhinahas quoted5 years ago
    “Maturity, the way I understand it,” he told me, “is knowing what your limitations are.”

    He wasn’t far from Bokonon in defining maturity. “Maturity,” Bokonon tells us, “is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.”
  • Natalia Orlovahas quoted7 years ago
    She believed that God liked people in sailboats much better than He liked people in motorboats.
  • Yana Manukhinahas quoted5 years ago
    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.
  • Anya Nikitinskayahas quoted8 years ago
    Ah, God, what an ugly city Ilium is!
    “Ah, God,” says Bokonon, “what an ugly city every city is!”
  • Tatiana Bunaevahas quoted12 years ago
    I don't do anything but sit around and remember sad things and pity myself.
  • Anna Osipovahas quoted3 months ago
    Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been.”
  • Anna Osipovahas quoted3 months ago
    Man blinked. “What is the purpose of all this?” he asked politely.
    “Everything must have a purpose?” asked God.
    “Certainly,” said man.
    “Then I leave it to you to think of one for all this,” said God.
    And He went away.
  • Anna Osipovahas quoted3 months ago
    Think of what paradise, this world would be if men were kind and wise.
  • Anna Osipovahas quoted3 months ago
    Perhaps, when we remember wars, we should take off our clothes and paint ourselves blue and go on all fours all day long and grunt like pigs. That would surely be more appropriate than noble oratory and shows of flags and well-oiled guns.
  • Anna Osipovahas quoted3 months ago
    And I remembered The Fourteenth Book of Bokonon, which I had read in its entirety the night before. The Fourteenth Book is entitled, “What Can a Thoughtful Man Hope for Mankind on Earth, Given the Experience of the Past Million Years?”
    It doesn’t take long to read The Fourteenth Book. It consists of one word and a period.
    This is it:
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