Status: Quotable

From Egg to Rose

Sep 1
“She broke my heart. I didn’t like that much. But that was the price. In this world, you get what you pay for.” Newt Hoenikker, Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Aug 30

“And he sailed her about the Caribbean, an idler, still seeking the storm that would drive him ashore on what was unmistakably his destiny.”

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

This is by no means the best or even the most famous line from this book, but I thought it was worth posting anyway because it seems to me to be a nice reminder that sometimes it’s not enough just to wait for your ship to come in. Sometimes you need a storm.


Aug 24
“The visitor from outer space made a serious study of Christianity, to learn, if he could, why Christians found it so easy to be cruel. He concluded that at least part of the trouble was slipshod storytelling in the New Testament. He supposed that the intent of the Gospels was to teach people, among other things, to be merciful, even to the lowest of the low. But the Gospels actually taught this: Before you kill somebody, make absolutely sure he isn’t well connected.”

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

So it goes.


“I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not to fill them with satisfaction or glee. I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need machinery like that.” Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Aug 22
“*That’s* what makes a great fantasy—not the bizarre characters or the otherworldly architecture and trappings, but the humanity of the story.” Patricia Lee Gauch in Listening for Madeleine

“I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.” E. M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy

Aug 21
“What is it makes you continually war with your happiness?”

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Everybody should ask themselves this question sometime, because for some reason everybody seems to do this.


Aug 18
“No one knows you like a person with whom you’ve shared a childhood. No one will ever understand you in quite the same way.” Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Jul 30

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