Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007) a oa ur skrivagner amerikan hag a embannas 14 romant, 3 dastumad danevelloù berr, 5 pezh-c'hoar ha 5 arnodskrid en un 50 bvloaz bennak.
Skiant-faltazi a skrive, ha flemmganoù evel e oberenn vrudetañ Slaughterhouse-Five (1969).
- I sometimes wondered what the use of any of the arts was. The best thing I could come up with was what I call "the canary in the coal mine theory of the arts". This theory says that artists are useful to society because they are so sensitive. They are super-sensitive. They keel over like canaries in poison coal mines long before more robust types realize that there is any danger whatsoever. — Physicist, Purge Thyself (1969) 
- I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it’s a very poor scheme for survival. — The Observer, London, 27 a viz Kerzu 1987.
- Literature is idiosyncratic arrangements in horizontal lines in only twenty-six symbols, ten arabic numbers, and about eight punctuation marks. — Kendiviz foran gant Lee Stringer, e Like Shaking Hands With God(1999). 
- You learn about life by the accidents you have, over and over again. — Aterset gant J. Rentilly, 18 a viz Gwengolo 2002. 
- The telling of jokes is an art of its own, and it always rises from some emotional threat. The best jokes are dangerous, and dangerous because they are in some way truthful. — Aterset gant J. Rentilly, 18 a viz Gwengolo 2002. 
- I don't think there would be many jokes, if there weren't constant frustration and fear and so forth. It's a response to bad troubles like crime. — Public Radio International, miz Here 2006.
- One of the great American tragedies is to have participated in a just war. It's been possible for politicians and movie-makers to encourage us we're always good guys. The Second World War absolutely had to be fought. I wouldn't have missed it for the world. But we never talk about the people we kill. This is never spoken of. — Aterset gant Roger Friedman war Fox News, 11 a viz Du 2002. 
- We're terrible animals. I think that the Earth's immune system is trying to get rid of us, as well it should. — Aterset gant Jon Stewart, 13 a viz Gwengolo 2005. 
- I do feel that evolution is being controlled by some sort of divine engineer. I can't help thinking that. And this engineer knows exactly what he or she is doing and why, and where evolution is headed. That’s why we’ve got giraffes and hippopotami and the clap. — A-zivout an emdroadur enebet ouzh an intelligent design, atersadenn gant Jon Stewart. 
- If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: « THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC ». — Vonnegut's Blues For America, Sunday Herald, 7 a viz Genver 2006. 
- The only difference between George W. Bush and Hitler is that Hitler was elected. — The Free Press, 4 a viz Meurzh 2006 </ref>
- People hate it when they're tickled because laughter is not pleasant, if it goes on too long. I think it's a desperate sort of convulsion in desperate circumstances, which helps a little. — Public Radio International, miz Here 2006.
Player Piano (1952)[kemmañ]
- These displaced people need something, and the clergy can’t give it to them — or it’s impossible for them to take what the clergy offers. The clergy says it’s enough, and so does the Bible. The people say it isn’t enough, and I suspect they’re right.
- Doctor Paul Proteus, son of a successful man, himself rich with prospects of being richer, counted his material blessings. He found that he was in excellent shape to afford integrity.
- In order to get what we've got, Anita, we have, in effect, traded these people out of what was the most important thing on earth to them — the feeling of being needed and useful, the foundation of self-respect.
- The band at the far end of the hall, amplified to the din of an elephant charge, smashed and hewed at the tune as though in a holy war against silence.
- Almost nobody's competent, Paul. It's enough to make you cry to see how bad most people are at their jobs. If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in the kingdom of the blind.
- Paul wondered at what thorough believers in mechanization most Americans were, even when their lives had been badly damaged by mechanization.
- And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.
- "Things don't stay the way they are," said Finnerty. "It's too entertaining to try to change them."
The Sirens of Titan (1959)[kemmañ]
- Every passing hour brings the Solar System forty-three thousand miles closer to Globular Cluster M13 in Hercules — and still there are some misfits who insist that there is no such thing as progress.
- Mankind, ignorant of the truths that lie within every human being, looked outward—pushed ever outward. What mankind hoped to learn in its outward push was who was actually in charge of all creation, and what all creation was all about.
- He held up his watch to sunlight, letting it drink in the wherewithal that was to solar watches what money was to Earth men.
- He ransacked his memory like a thief going through another man’s billfold.
- Sometimes I think it is a great mistake to have matter that can think and feel. It complains so. By the same token, though, I suppose that boulders and mountains and moons could be accused of being a little too phlegmatic.
- “The hell with the human race!” said Beatrice. – “You’re a member of it, you know.” said Rumfoord. – “Then I’d like to put in for a transfer to the chimpanzees!” said Beatrice. “No chimpanzee husband would stand by while his wife lost all her coconuts.”
- The big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart.
- There is no reason why good cannot triumph as often as evil. The triumph of anything is a matter of organization. If there are such things as angels, I hope that they are organized along the lines of the Mafia.
- “During my next visit with you, fellow-believers,” he said, “I shall tell you a parable about people who do things that they think God Almighty wants done. In the meanwhile, you would do well, for background on this parable, to read everything that you can lay your hands on about the Spanish Inquisition.”
- There was not a country in the world that had not fought a battle in the war of all Earth against the invaders from Mars. All was forgiven. All living things were brothers, and all dead things were even more so.
- “Thank God!” said Unk. Redwine raised his eyebrows quizzically. “Why?” he said. – “Pardon me?” said Unk. – “Why thank God?” said Redwine. “He doesn’t care what happens to you. He didn’t go to any trouble to get you here safe and sound, any more than He would go to the trouble to kill you.”
- I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine.
- It may surprise you to learn that I take a certain pride, no matter how foolishly mistaken that pride may be, in making my own decisions for my own reasons.
- “As far as I’m concerned,” said Constant, “the Universe is a junk yard, with everything in it overpriced. I am through poking around in the junk heaps, looking for bargains. Every so-called bargain,” said Constant, “has been connected by fine wires to a dynamite bouquet.”
- “The worst thing that could possibly happen to anybody,” she said, “would be to not be used for anything by anybody.” ... “Thank you for using me,” she said to Constant, “even though I didn’t want to be used by anybody.”
- “I would say, ‘Is there anything I can do?’ — but Skip once told me that that was the most hateful and stupid expression in the English language.”
Mother Night (1961)[kemmañ]
- We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. 
- "All people are insane," he said. "They will do anything at any time, and God help anybody who looks for reasons."
- Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.
- "I had hoped, as a broadcaster, to be merely ludicrous, but this is a hard world to be ludicrous in, with so many human beings so reluctant to laugh, so incapable of thought , so eager to believe and snarl and hate. So many people wanted to believe me!"
Cat's Cradle (1963)[kemmañ]
- Nothing in this book is true.
♦ D'un deiz bennak, d'un deiz bennak, ar bed foll-mañ echuiñ a ranko,
- Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965)[kemmañ]
- A sum of money is a leading character in this tale about people, just as a sum of honey might properly be a leading character in a tale about bees.
- We don't piss in your ashtrays, so please don't throw cigarettes in our urinals.
- Pretend to be good always, and even God will be fooled.
Welcome to the Monkey House (1968)[kemmañ]
- The public health authorities never mention the main reason many Americans have for smoking heavily, which is that smoking is a fairly sure, fairly honorable form of suicide.
Happy Birthday, Wanda June (1970)[kemmañ]
- Things die. All things die.
- All through the day I'm so confident. That's why I'm such a good salesman, you know? I have confidence, and I look like I have confidence, and that gives other people confidence.
- Don't lecture me on race relations. I don't have a molecule of prejudice. I've been in battle with every kind of man there is. I've been in bed with every kind of woman there is — from a Laplander to a Tierra del Fuegian. If I'd ever been to the South Pole, there'd be a hell of a lot of penguins who looked like me.
- No grown woman is a fan of premature ejaculation.
- I have this theory about why men kill each other and break things... Never mind. It's a dumb theory. I was going to say it was all sexual... but everything is sexual... but alcohol.
- Wars would be a lot better, I think, if guys would say to themselves sometimes "Jesus — I'm not going to do that to the enemy. That's too much."
Between Time and Timbuktu (1972)[kemmañ]
- This script, it seems to me, is the work of professionals who yearned to be as charming as inspired amateurs can sometimes be.
Breakfast of Champions (1973)[kemmañ]
- I can have oodles of charm when I want to.
- What do I myself think of this particular book? I feel lousy about it, but I always feel lousy about my books.
- This book is my fiftieth birthday present to myself.
- Ideas or the lack of them can cause disease.
- Teachers of children in the United States of America wrote this date on blackboards again and again, and asked the children to memorize it with pride and joy: 1492. The teachers told the children that this was when their continent was discovered by human beings. Actually, millions of human beings were already living full and imaginative lives on the continent in 1492. That was simply the year in which sea pirates began to cheat and rob and kill them.
- Like most science-fiction writers, Trout knew almost nothing about science.
- He was a graduate of West Point, a military academy which turned young men into homicidal maniacs for use in war.
- It was Trout’s fantasy that somebody would be outraged by the footprints. This would give him the opportunity to reply grandly, "What is it that offends you so? I am simply using man’s first printing press. You are reading a bold and universal headline which says, 'I am here, I am here, I am here.'"
- Listen: the waitress brought me another drink. She wanted to light my hurricane lamp again. I wouldn't let her. "Can you see anything in the dark, with your sunglasses on?" she asked me. "The big show is inside my head," I said.
- We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane. 
- Our awareness is all that is alive and maybe sacred in any of us. Everything else about us is dead machinery.
- You are pooped and demoralized. Why wouldn't you be? Of course it is exhausting, having to reason all the time in a universe which wasn't meant to be reasonable.
Wampeters, Foma & Granfalloons (1974)[kemmañ]
- I have been a soreheaded 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.
- The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. The people don’t acknowledge this. They claim membership in two imaginary parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, instead.
Prezegenn e Bennington College (1970)[kemmañ]
- ''I thought scientists were going to find out exactly how everything worked, and then make it work better.
- ''We would be a lot safer if the Government would take its money out of science and put it into astrology and the reading of palms. I used to think that science would save us, and science certainly tried. But we can't stand any more tremendous explosions, either for or against democracy.
- About astrology and palmistry: They are good because they make people feel vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm.
- The arts put man at the center of the universe, whether he belongs there or not.
- 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.
- Love is where you find it. I think it is foolish to go looking for it, and I think it can often be poisonous.
- I wish that people who are conventionally supposed to love each other would say to each other, when they fight, "Please — a little less love, and a little more common decency."
- History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again. Please write that down.
- If you can do no good, at least do no harm.
- I still believe that peace and plenty and happiness can be worked out some way. I am a fool.
- What is flirtatiousness but an argument that life must go on and on and on?
- "That was the strength of the Nazis," she said. "They understood God better than anyone. They knew how to make him stay away."
Palm Sunday (1981)[kemmañ]
- What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.
- I think it can be tremendously refreshing if a creator of literature has something on his mind other than the history of literature so far. Literature should not disappear up its own asshole, so to speak.
- Jokes can be noble. Laughs are exactly as honorable as tears. Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion, to the futility of thinking and striving anymore. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward — and since I can start thinking and striving again that much sooner.
- As for literary criticism in general: I have long felt that any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel or a play or a poem is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae or a banana split.
- ''And I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found.
- This is my principal objection to life, I think: It is too easy, when alive, to make perfectly horrible mistakes.
- My wife has been killed by a machine which should never have come into the hands of any human being. It is called a firearm. It makes the blackest of all human wishes come true at once, at a distance: that something die. There is evil for you. We cannot get rid of mankind's fleetingly evil wishes. We can get rid of the machines that make them come true. I give you a holy word: DISARM.
- Why so many of us a million years ago purposely knocked out major chunks of our brains with alcohol from time to time remains an interesting mystery. It may be we were trying to give evolution a shove in the right direction — in the direction of smaller brains.
- ''Time is liquid. One moment is no more important than any other and all moments quickly run away.
- I've got news for Mr. Santayana: we're doomed to repeat the past no matter what. That's what it is to be alive.
- Belief is nearly the whole of the Universe, whether based on truth or not.
- Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?
- It is a gruesome Disneyland. Nobody is cute there.
Hocus Pocus (1990)[kemmañ]
- ''Ask anybody. Dogs and cats are smarter than we are.
- The sermon was based on what he claimed was a well-known fact, that there were no Atheists in foxholes. I asked Jack what he thought of the sermon afterwards, and he said, "There's a Chaplain who never visited the front."
- The most important message of a crucifix, to me anyway, was how unspeakably cruel supposedly sane human beings can be when under orders from a superior authority.
- Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the Universe.
- How embarrassing to be human.
- [Freedom of speech] isn't something somebody else gives you. That's something you give to yourself.
- Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.
- Profanity and obscenity entitle people who don't want unpleasant information to close their ears and eyes to you.
- All persons, living and dead, are purely coincidental.
God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian (1999)[kemmañ]
- Sigmund Freud said he didn’t know what women wanted. I know what women want. They want a whole lot of people to talk to.
- His plan? To pass out weapons to slaves, so they could overthrow their masters. Suicide.
Cold Turkey (2004)[kemmañ]
- ''Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power.
- I am of course notoriously hooked on cigarettes. I keep hoping the things will kill me. A fire at one end and a fool at the other.
- One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.
I Love You, Madame Librarian (2004)[kemmañ]
- War is now a form of TV entertainment, and what made the First World War so particularly entertaining were two American inventions, barbed wire and the machine gun. 
- Shrapnel was invented by an Englishman of the same name. Don't you wish you could have something named after you?
- My last words? "Life is no way to treat an animal, not even a mouse."
- Our president is a Christian? So was Adolf Hitler. 
A Man Without a Country (2005)[kemmañ]
- ''The crucified planet Earth, should it find a voice and a sense of irony, might now well say of our abuse of it, "Forgive them, Father, They know not what they do."
- Doesn't anything socialistic make you want to throw up? Like great public schools, or health insurance for all?
- If God were alive today, he would have to be an atheist, because the excrement has hit the air-conditioning big time, big time.
- Is it possible that seemingly incredible geniuses like Bach and Shakespeare and Einstein were not in fact superhuman, but simply plagiarists, copying great stuff from the future?
- Old Norwegian Proverb: Swedes have short dicks but long memories.
- Vietnam only made billionaires out of millionaires. Iraq is making trillionaires out of billionaires. Now I call that progress.
- Humor is an almost physiological response to fear.
- I think that novels that leave out technology misrepresent life as badly as Victorians misrepresented life by leaving out sex.
- ''Socialism is no more an evil word than Christianity. Socialism no more prescribed Joseph Stalin and his secret police and shuttered churches than Christianity prescribed the Spanish Inquisition. Christianity and socialism alike, in fact, prescribe a society dedicated to the proposition that all men, women, and children are created equal and shall not starve.
- America's soldiers are being treated like toys a rich kid got for Christmas.
- We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different.
- If I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, "Kurt is up in Heaven now." That's my favorite joke.
- A joke is like building a mousetrap from scratch. You have to work pretty hard to make the thing snap when it is supposed to snap.
- Humor is a way of holding off how awful life can be.
- Do you think Arabs are dumb? They gave us our numbers. Try doing long division with Roman numerals.
If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young (2013)[kemmañ]
- We could have saved the Earth, but we were too damned cheap.
- Chicago Tribune Magazine, 22 a viz Mezheven 1969.
- VONNEGUT Kurt & STRINGER Lee, Like Shaking Hands With God, Seven Stories Press, 1999 (ISBN 978-1-5832-2002-3)
- The Best Jokes Are Dangerous
- God Bless You, Mr. Vonnegut
- The Daily Show
- Lenn en-linenn
- Kurt Vonnegut's "Stardust Memory". Ar strollad nazi eo a voe dilennet er parlamant, hep ar muiañ-niver avat ; anvet e voe Hitler da gañseller gant ar prezidant Hindenburg e miz Genver 1933.
- NGC 6205.
- Meneget a-dreuz a-wechoù evel Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be. – "Diwallit ar pezh a lavarit bout peogwir ez oc'h ar pezh a lavarit bout."
- United States Military Academy, ur skol vilourel brevez staliet e West Point, New York, abaoe 1801.
- Bomm dizave pe eilstumm : We are human only to the extent that our ideas remain humane. – "Ne vezomp denel nemet keit ha ma chom denel hor mennozhioù."
- (en) Lenn ar pennad en-linenn
- George W. Bush e oa prezidant SUA e 2004.