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Kurt Vonnegut Quotes

I hope you find these Kurt Vonnegut Quotes inspiring and motivational.

We are what we pretend to be,
so we must be careful what we pretend to be.
- Kurt Vonnegut

Related topics: Positive Inspirational Motivational Life Human-Nature Psychology Self

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

We should not pretend to understand
the world only by the intellect;
we apprehend it just as much by feeling.
Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is,
at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest,
also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
- Carl Jung

The greatest way to live with honor in this world
is to be what we pretend to be.
- Socrates


 

I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colors.
I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and
am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
- Winston Churchill

I feel exuberant. I don't pretend.
- Bono

Perspective:
Do you always look at life from the same point-of-view?
Consider viewing a situation as another might view it.
Look from behind, underneath, from the distant heavens.
View the situation as someone of a different religion,
race, or nationality might view it.
Pretend you are an alien from a distant galaxy -
that should be good for a laugh.
Troubles only appear troubling to those close to them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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A man should look for what is,
and not for what he thinks should be.
- Albert Einstein

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Many people excuse their own faults
but judge other persons harshly.
We should reverse this attitude
by excusing others' shortcomings
and by harshly examining our own.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

I surrender to life as it is, not as it should be.
- Richard Carlson

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor,
nor should life rest on a single hope.
- Epictetus

We should be too big to take offense
and too noble to give it.
- Abraham Lincoln

We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered
with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
- Winston Churchill

Intellectual growth should commence at birth
and cease only at death.
- Albert Einstein

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live
that his happiness shall depend
as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus

We should take care not to make the intellect our god;
it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
- Albert Einstein

We should not moor a ship with one anchor,
or our life with one hope.
- Epictetus

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

The truth. It is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should be treated with caution.
- J. K. Rowling

Could we change our attitude,
we should not only see life differently,
but life itself would be different.
- Katherine Mansfield

It is one thing to say that something should be done,
but quite a different matter to do it.
- Aesop

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We should not let our response to
the people who disagree with us
be dictated by what they say about us
or even how they treat people we care for.
There has to be a chance that we can find love.
- William J. Clinton

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives
and not in what he is able to receive.
- Albert Einstein

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

While the laughter of joy is in
full harmony with our deeper life,
the laughter of amusement
should be kept apart from it.
The danger is too great of thus learning
to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery,
and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
- Lewis Carroll

We should meet abuse by forbearance.
Human nature is so constituted that
if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse,
the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Everyone should carefully observe
which way his heart draws him,
and then choose that way with all his strength.
- Hasidic Proverb

You either do it completely and utterly,
or you should stop doing it.
- Bono (paraphrase)

Life is a great big canvas,
and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
- Danny Kaye

Knowledge of what is, does not open
the door directly to what should be.
- Albert Einstein

Old age has deformities enough of its own.
It should never add to them the deformity of vice.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Don't seek God in temples.
He is close to you.
He is within you.
Only you should surrender to Him
and you will rise above happiness and unhappiness.
- Leo Tolstoy

A honeymoon should be like a table:
four bare legs and no drawers.
- Anonymous

Which beliefs bring out the best in you?
Which beliefs hold you prisoner to yesterday
and limit your options for designing a great future?
Test your beliefs with as much objectivity
as you can bring to the subject.
Be willing to let go of those beliefs
that represent your parents' opinions,
or your communities opinions, rather than your own.
Those beliefs that withstand rigorous testing,
should become the foundation of your being -
your reason for living.
Take action on those beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious,
one should preserve it.
- Anais Nin

Understand the difference between "failing,"
which each of us does often,
and "being a failure,"
which is a state of mind no one should
ever allow themself to fall into.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone should have at least two friends -
one to talk to and one to talk about.
- Anonymous

If a man does not make new acquaintances
as he advances through life,
he will soon find himself alone.
A man, sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.
- Samuel Johnson

Every man should have a fair-sized cemetery
in which to bury the faults of his friends.
- Henry Brooks Adams

If a man is proud of his wealth,
he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
- Socrates

Books and friends should be few but good.
- Anonymous

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

We may have our private opinions
but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

If I were to wish for anything,
I should not wish for wealth and power,
but for the passionate sense of potential -
for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.
Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off
until the day after tomorrow what should
have been done the day before yesterday.
- Napoleon Hill

There is NOTHING that I "must",
"have to", or "should" do today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A friend should be a master at guessing and keeping still.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

You should not confuse your career with your life.
- Dave Barry

NO ONE has been granted the authority to tell me
how my life should be lived.
I answer only to myself and to Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Husbands should be like Kleenex:
soft, strong, and disposable.
- the movie Clue (1985)

You should never be content with so little,
when you can reach out for something big.
- Charles L. Allen
(This quote is about making a big difference
in the world - not about greed)

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If the stars should appear
but one night every thousand years
how man would marvel and stare.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others,
you should put a good deal of thought
into the happiness that you are able to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I read that you should never go out with someone
if you can think of three reasons why you shouldn't.
- the movie Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple:
you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities
but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
- Quentin Crisp

I was married by a judge.
I should have asked for a jury.
- Groucho Marx

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house
with the conscious design of doing me good,
I should run for my life.
- Henry David Thoreau

Bad taste is simply saying the truth before it should be said.
- Mel Brooks

One who has any faith in God
should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Our prayers should be for blessings in general,
for God knows best what is good for us.
- Socrates

Christian voters should start looking
at global warming and extreme poverty
as religious issues that speak to the culture of life.
- Al Franken


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