July 1, 2008

Preserve the game board

Five quotes for the day:
A step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction. --Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano, 1952

Parker Bros. has one for every gathering, and there's a game for every season--ice hockey, basketball, baseball, football. Life soon appears to be a game, and its isn't. In games the object is to win, but in life the object is not to win. The object of the whole world is to preserve the game board and the pieces, and there is no such game. - Kurt Vonnegut, as quoted in a 1969 article in the NT times.

Writers are specialized cells in the social organism. They are evolutionary cells. Mankind is trying to become something else; it's experimenting with new ideas all the time. And writers are a means of introducing new ideas into the society, and also a means of responding symbolically to life. I don't think we're in control of what we do. - Kurt Vonnegut, Playboy interview, 1973.

We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane. - Breakfast of Champions, 1973.

Ideas or the lack of them can cause disease.
- Breakfast of Champions, 1973.
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