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Kurt Vonnegut on making your soul grow: Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

oil paintThe arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.
Kurt Vonnegut

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6 comments on “Kurt Vonnegut on making your soul grow: Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

  1. russtowne
    April 24, 2016

    Reblogged this on A Grateful Man and commented:
    Perfect timing! I’ve just spent much of the day organizing my poetry for a for a book I plan to title, ‘Glimpses.” I have another long day of it to go tomorrow to get a rough draft ready for my editor, and was about to sign off for the day when I saw this post and quote. It’s a great way to close the the day.

    With Love,
    Russ

    • bridget whelan
      April 24, 2016

      So glad Russ that my timing was perfect! Kurt Vonnegut was an extraordinary writer who didn’t allow his extraordinariness to become a barrier between himself and those of us struggling with our own creativity. Of course it helps that he was just so right…

      Good luck with Glimpses. Come back some time and tell us about your creative process

  2. glenavailable
    April 24, 2016

    One of the best quotes on the artist’s sensibility going around from a man who published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays and five works of non-fiction, and who, for so long, defined the archetypal struggling writer but eventually went onto taste fame and success with SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE (1969).

  3. bridget whelan
    April 24, 2016

    Thanks for this succinct summary of Vonnegut’s writing career. I think his last book was a memoir.It’s on my to-buy list but from the extract I saw it was at least in part a critique of American politics written with the wit and insight we would expect from him..

    • glenavailable
      April 24, 2016

      Hi Bridget,

      I have Vonnegut’s final book as A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY, published two years before his death in 2007 and, If I remember correctly, at the time was a critical and commercial success.

      “This may be as close as Vonnegut ever comes to a memoir.”
      –Los Angeles Times.

      http://www.amazon.com/Man-Without-Country-Kurt-Vonnegut/dp/081297736X

      • bridget whelan
        April 25, 2016

        Thanks Glen, I’m sure that is the book I’m thinking of…

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