What he said.

February 11, 2012

in random


I came across this quote again tonight on the Interwebs, and it made me weepy.

I know this sounds extremely pretentious but sometimes late at night I am overcome by a sadness from remembering that Kurt Vonnegut is dead.

I truly miss him.


Many people need desperately to receive this message: ‘I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.

There are plenty of good reasons for fighting, but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too.

Where is home? I’ve wondered where home is, and I realized, it’s not Mars or someplace like that, it’s Indianapolis when I was nine years old. I had a brother and a sister, a cat and a dog, and a mother and a father and uncles and aunts. And there’s no way I can get there again.


As Jon Stewart said to him in the 2005 interview, what strikes me, and moves me the most, is the “inherent decency” in Vonnegut’s characters which often feels like a true reflection of Vonnegut as a person.

This post is completely random. Anyway, just thought some of you may appreciate these words from him. If there are other quotes by him that you love, I would really appreciate it if you share them with me in the comment.



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p.s. Here is an old post of mine with “15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Will ” (that I did not write)

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Life in the Boomer Lane February 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

The man was a giant, literary and otherwise.
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Absence Alternatives February 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm



Naptimewriting February 12, 2012 at 12:52 am

Anyone who posts about Vonnegut just because is my soulmate.

My first experience with him was reading while the rest of the class worked on a test. (I had finished early. Always did. Whatever.) I laughed out loud and startled everyone. Cat’s Cradle.

I always wondered who Sr. was if Jr. was that amazing.

I once read one of the Best American Nonrequired Reading books edited by Dave Eggers and came upon an essay that just took my breath away. “This is it,” I thought. I love this series because I just discovered the next great author. This writer is amazing…let me remember this name.” It was Kurt Vonnegut. I hadn’t discovered anything except an essay I hadn’t read before.

He rocks, even dead.
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Absence Alternatives February 12, 2012 at 11:27 pm

We have that book by Dave Eggers! Though I have to admit that I was not too impressed with Eggers’ own book (too much hype probably ruined it for me?) but he’s one hack of an editor.

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater was the first English book I read for leisure and not for any class in college, and it has made a great impact in my outlook for life.


BigLittleWolf February 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

As random posts go, this is a poignant reminder. Even for a non random post, it’s a poignant reminder. Making things makes us human. Reflecting on where we come from, perhaps more than where we are going, gives us our human stories.


One of those qualities we used to take for granted in the world. Now? Not so much.
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Absence Alternatives February 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Yes. Integrity. Decency. Something that is so rare now it is ridiculous.


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