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Kurt Vonnegut
(11 Nov 1922 - 11 Apr 2007)

American whose books include Slaughterhouse Five (1969), Breakfast of Champions (1973) and Hocus Pocus (1990).

Science Quotes by Kurt Vonnegut (6 quotes)

A great swindle of our time is the assumption that science has made religion obsolete. All science has damaged is the story of Adam and Eve and the story of Jonah and the Whale. Everything else holds up pretty well, particularly lessons about fairness and gentleness. People who find those lessons irrelevant in the twentieth century are simply using science as an excuse for greed and harshness. Science has nothing to do with it, friends.
— Kurt Vonnegut
Through the Looking Glass. In Carl Sagan, Broca's Brain (1986), 206.
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I do feel that evolution is being controlled by some sort of divine engineer.
— Kurt Vonnegut
Quoted in Kim Lim (ed.), 1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom: Words to Enrich, Inspire, and Guide Your Life (2014), 38
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I have been a sore-headed occupant of a file drawer labeled ‘‘Science Fiction’’; and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer for a urinal
— Kurt Vonnegut
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I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center.
— Kurt Vonnegut
Player Piano (1999), 84. In Gary William Flake, The Computational Beauty of Nature (2000), 327.
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Science never cheered up anyone. The truth about the human situation is just too awful.
— Kurt Vonnegut
Timequake (1997), 105.
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Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.
— Kurt Vonnegut
In Juanita Rose Violini, Almanac of the Infamous, the Incredible, and the Ignored (2009), 56. If you know a primary source, please contact Webmaster, who has not yet found a primary source for this quote, although occasionally seen attributed to Vonnegut. Juanita Rose Violini
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Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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