Kurt Vonnegut (1922 – 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction, with further collections being published after his death.
He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969).
Here are some of his interesting thoughts:
I suppose you will all want money and true love, among other things. I will tell you how to make money: work very hard.
I will tell you how to win love: wear nice clothing and smile all the time. Learn the words to all the latest songs.
What other advice can I give you? Eat lots of bran to provide necessary bulk in your diet.
The only advice my father ever gave me was this: “Never stick anything in your ear.” The tiniest bones in your body are inside your ears, you know — and your sense of balance, too. If you mess around with your ears, you could not only become deaf, but you could also start falling down all the time. So just leave your ears completely alone. They’re fine, just the way they are.
Don’t murder anybody — even though New York State does not use the death penalty.
That’s about it.
We are all experiencing more or less the same lifetime now.
What is it the slightly older people want from the slightly younger people?
They want credit for having survived so long, and often imaginatively, under difficult conditions.
Slightly younger people are intolerably stingy about giving them credit for that.
What is it the slightly younger people want from the slightly older people?
More than anything, I think, they want acknowledgement, and without further ado, that they are without question women and men now.
Slightly older people are intolerably stingy about making any such acknowledgement.
No matter what age any of us is now, we are going to be bored and lonely during what remains of our lives.
We are so lonely because we don’t have enough friends and relatives.
Human beings are supposed to live in stable, like-minded, extended families of fifty people or more.
Your class spokesperson mourned the collapse of the institution of marriage in this country.
Marriage is collapsing because our families are too small. A man cannot be a whole society to a woman, and a woman cannot be a whole society to a man.
We try, but it is scarcely surprising that so many of us go to pieces.
So I recommend that everybody here join all sorts of organizations, no matter how ridiculous, simply to get more people in his or her life.
It does not matter much if all the other members are morons. Quantities of relatives of any sort are what we need.
We are supposed to be bored. It is a part of life.
Learn to put up with it, or you will not be mature women and men.