Quotes by Kurt Vonnegut

  • The highest form of treason is to say that Americans aren't loved wherever they go, whatever they do. But Americans, in being hated, are simply paying the normal penalty for being people and they are foolish to think they should somehow be exempted from that penalty.

    America, Self-Consciousness

  • The people down there are poor enough and scared enough an ignorant enough have some common sense.

    Character, Common Sense, Deprivation

  • A step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.

    Correction, Direction, Experience

  • There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution and I don’t know what can be done to fix it. This is it; only nut cases want to be President.

    America, USA

  • Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly. Man got to sit and wonder why, why, why.


  • I tell you, we are here on earth to fart around and don’t let anybody tell you any different.


  • True terror is to wake up one morning and realise that your high school class is running the country.

    Peer group

  • Those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand.


  • I am faced with a typically New York problem, which is how to bring my mediocrity before the public.


  • We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.