Kurt Vonnegut quote on pretending

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Kurt Vonnegut Quote on pretending

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. ( November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. His works, such as Cat’s Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973), blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. As a citizen, he was a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a pacifist intellectual, who often was critical of the society in which he lived. He was known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association.

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  1. This is a very interesting quote. I love it because I completely agree but at the same time disagree with it ha ha ha mind twister

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  2. Funnily enough, I’ve never read Kurt Vonnegut, but I did pick up a dog-eared copy of “Slaughterhouse Five” at a library book sale a few weeks ago.

    Lots of food for thought in today’s quote… Thank you.

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  3. Really interesting blog you have here. I totally agree with this quote. In fact, I think that sometimes, there is only what we pretend to be because whatever else that might represent who we are is buried so deep behind the Persona that we need to show for society that in the end it may even disappear. And even if it doesn’t, whoever we pretend to be is also a part of us and we all pretend at some moment or another.

    Thanks for the food for thought 🙂

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  4. Love the Vonnegutt! I think this can also be applied in reverse in a sort of “fake it until you make it” manner. If you pretend you are brave, you will become brave.

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  5. Hey Alchemist, thanks for checking out my blog =) thought I’ll return the favour and check out yours 😉 so stoked to visit, it’s amazing!! So surprised that I haven’t stumbled upon it before. :$

    Awesome blog and author name by the way! Just curious though, why the Alchemist?

    This is a great quote by the way, one that highly resonates with me. Sort of makes me reminisce about Taylor Swift (back in her country pop days) song Long Live, about bringing on all the pretenders – cause one day we’ll be remembered (for being true to ourselves).

    Happy blogging! =)

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