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RIP Kurt Vonnegut

by on Apr.12, 2007, under The Rest

‘My last words? “Life is no way to treat an animal, not even a mouse.”‘

7 Comments for this entry

  • Nick Mailer

    He was a bit of an idiot, but I did quite like Slaughterhouse V.

  • Grill

    The Sirens of Titan wasn’t half bad either. “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different.”

  • Civility Coxall

    As a humanist, I imagine he would have found it quite disgusting that you should imply he believed in god.

  • John

    Yes, I thought of that later. I just liked that it was an epitaph quote. I think I’ll change it.

  • KBKarma

    He lived a long life, and made millions of people happy.

    I miss him already…

  • Grill

    He was president of the American Huamnist Association as well, wunne: quote from his last book, via Boing Boing:
    “Do you know what a Humanist is? I am honorary president of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that functionless capacity. We Humanists try to behave well without any expectation of rewards or punishments in an afterlife. We serve as best we can the only abstraction with which we have any real familiarity, which is our community.

    We had a memorial services for Isaac a few years back, and at one point I said, “Isaac is up in Heaven now.” It was the funniest thing I could have said to a group of Humanists. I rolled them in the aisles. It was several minutes before order could be restored. And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, “Kurt is up in Heaven now.” That’s my favorite joke.”

  • John

    Martin was actually setting me up to say that, but I didn’t know the quote at the time : (