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  • Alex shared from Cat's Cradle: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
    Midget, midget, midget, how he struts and winks, For he knows a man’s as big as what he hopes and thinks!
  • Alex shared from Cat's Cradle: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
    “As the poet said, Mom, ‘Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been.” ’”
  • Alex shared from Cat's Cradle: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
    “He always said he would never take his own advice, because he knew it was worthless.”
  • Alex shared from Cat's Cradle: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
    But, as Bokonon tells us, “Any man can call time out, but no man can say how long the time out will be.”
  • Alex shared from Cat's Cradle: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
    All day long the old man had been nagging his children with words like these, merry in tone: “Come on now, stretch your minds a little. I’ve told you that its melting point is a hundred fourteen-point-four degrees Fahrenheit, and I’ve told you that it’s composed of nothing but hydrogen and oxygen. What could the explanation be? Think a little! Don’t be afraid of straining your brains. They won’t break.” “He was always telling us to stretch our brains,” said Frank, recalling olden times. “I gave up trying to stretch my brain when I-don’t-know-how-old-I-was,” Angela confessed,...
  • Alex shared from Cat's Cradle: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
    And I remembered The Fourteenth Book of Bokonon? which I had read in its entirety the night before. The Fourteenth Book is entitled, “What Can a Thoughtful Man Hope for Mankind on Earth, Given the Experience of the Past Million Years?” It doesn’t take long to read The Fourteenth Book. It consists of one word and a period. This is it: “Nothing.”
  • Alex shared from Cat's Cradle: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
    “Let’s clean up the mess first; then we can talk.”
  • Alex shared from Cat's Cradle: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
    “Man is vile, and man makes nothing worth making, knows nothing worth knowing.”
  • Alex shared from Cat's Cradle: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
    “People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order, so they’ll have good voice boxes in case there’s ever anything really meaningful to say.”
  • Alex shared from Cat's Cradle: A Novel by Kurt Vonnegut
    “Self-taught, are you?” Julian Castle asked Newt. “Isn’t everybody?” Newt inquired.