Friday, November 11, 2011

Vonnegut on his birthday

"I'm not your destiny, or the Devil, either!" I said. "Look at you! Came to kill evil with your bare hands, and now away you go with no more glory than a man sideswiped by a Greyhound bus! And that's all the glory you deserve!" I said. "That's all that any man at war with pure evil deserves.

"There are plenty of good reasons for fighting," I said, "but no good reason ever to hate without reservation, to imagine that God Almighty Himself hates with you, too. Where's evil? It's that large part of every man that wants to hate without limit, that wants to hate with God on its side. It's that part of every man that finds all kinds of ugliness so attractive.

"It's that part of an imbecile, " I said, "that punishes and vilifies and makes war gladly."

from Mother Night (1961)


photo by Dmitri Kasterine

2 Comments:

Blogger Blog Princess G said...

And I *still* haven`t read that one. I will. Thanks, Phil. :)

11/26/2011 11:55 AM  
Blogger Parabolic Muse said...

Fabulous

12/04/2011 4:20 PM  

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