A Man Without a Country
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"A Man Without a Country" Quotes

By Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

nonfiction | 160 pages | Published in NaN

In a volume that is penetrating, introspective, incisive, and laugh-out-loud funny, one of the great men of letters of this era—or any era—holds forth on life, art, sex, politics, and the state of America’s soul. Whether he is describing his coming of age in America, his formative war experiences, or his life as an artist, this is Vonnegut doing what he does best: being himself. Whimsically illustrated by the author, A Man Without a Country is intimate, tender, and brimming with the scope of Kurt Vonnegut’s passions.

ISBN_13:9780812977363

Quotes

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.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

I used to be the owner and manager of an automobile dealership in West Barnstable, Massachusetts, called 'Saab Cape Cod'. But I was fired by my multinational employers for, among other things, giving unauthorized test drives to Ralph Nader and Joan Baez.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

I asked him what he thought life was all about. 'That's easy,' he said. 'Life is about the third person singular.'

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

I can have oodles of charm when I want to.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

I am a human being, not a human doing.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

The United States of America is still run by its citizens. The government is still 'us.'

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.