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The Sirens of Titan

The Sirens of Titan

The Sirens of Titan is a comic science fiction novel by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., first published in 1959. His second novel, it involves issues of free will, omniscience, and the overall purpose of human history. Much of the story revolves around a Martian invasion of Earth.


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„I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut, book The Sirens of Titan

Source: The Sirens of Titan (1959), Chapter 10 “An Age of Miracles” (p. 242)

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„The big trouble with dumb bastards is that they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut, book The Sirens of Titan

Source: The Sirens of Titan (1959), Chapter 5 “Letter From an Unknown Hero” (p. 127)

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„I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut, book The Sirens of Titan

Source: The Sirens of Titan (1959), Chapter 11 “We Hate Malachi Constant Because...” (p. 253)

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„He held up his watch to sunlight, letting it drink in the wherewithal that was to solar watches what money was to Earth men.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut, book The Sirens of Titan

Source: The Sirens of Titan (1959), Chapter 1 “Between Timid and Timbuktu” (p. 17)

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Kurt Vonnegut photo

„“I liked him very much,” said Constant.
“The insane, on occasion, are not without their charms,” said Beatrice.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut, book The Sirens of Titan

Source: The Sirens of Titan (1959), Chapter 1 “Between Timid and Timbuktu” (p. 41)

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Kurt Vonnegut photo

„I tell you, Mr. Constant,” he said genially, “it’s a thankless job, telling people it’s a hard, hard Universe they’re in.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut, book The Sirens of Titan

Source: The Sirens of Titan (1959), Chapter 1 “Between Timid and Timbuktu” (p. 25)

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Kurt Vonnegut photo

„His poor soul was flooded with pleasure as he realized that one friend was all that a man needed in order to be well-supplied with friendship.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut, book The Sirens of Titan

Source: The Sirens of Titan (1959), Chapter 11 “We Hate Malachi Constant Because...” (p. 259)

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