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  1. All this happened, more or less. The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true.
  2. Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
  3. Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.
  4. Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before.
  5. Call me Jonah. My parents did, or nearly did. They called me John.
  6. Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.
  7. Human beings will be happier – not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That’s my utopia.
  8. I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.
  9. * Kurt Vonnegut