Recently one of America’s greatest writers passed away – Kurt Vonnegut Jr. His work is amazing. I’m sorry that he’s gone, although he lived a long time. For, as Mike put it, it was as though he had more to say. Vonnegut was a humourist; a humanist; a satirical man who could point out the worst in people while still hopeful for finding the best. He made a lot of good points. It is a shame that he will not be making more. Here are some of my favourites, but there are many more:
"My soul knows my meat is doing bad things, and is embarrassed. But my meat just keeps right on doing bad, dumb things."
"We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down."
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be."
"Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous."
"Roses are red and ready for plucking
You’re sixteen and ready for high school."
"Listen: I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different."
"I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can’t see from the center."
"Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything."
"We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap."
"Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God."
"So it goes."
"Ta ta and adios. Or, as Saint Peter said to me with a sly wink, when I told him I was on my last-round trip to Paradise: ‘See you later, Alligator.’"