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Ah, Kurt Vonnegut!I used to think he was so clever.Haven't even thought about him for decades. And, now he doesn't seem so clever.I like him better as Kilgore Trout.
I am going to respond with a several standard sayings.Good things come to those who wait.Luck is where preparation and opportunity meet.You never know in the future when something you do will pay off. Luck generally doesn't happen if you hadn't done something in the past to set yourself up for some good fortune. Effort is rarely wasted amoung those who maintain a positive outlook and who want to learn simply for the sake of learning.
Vonnegut strikes me as a guy who wanted to be the next Mark Twain and missed it by that much.
I doubt that sense of 'The more I learn the less I know' is particularly unique.
ST,Ah, Kurt Vonnegut!I used to think he was so clever.Were you about 11, too?
Were you about 11, too? Nah. 18.
@TosaGuy:Years ago my son was interviewed by a local TV station after a junior golf tournament:"The more you practice the more luck you have."
I took Althouse's selection of this quote as an old Vonnegut observation applied the evolving perceptions about the "credentialed, cognitive elite" in government, academia, finance and media.
It doesn't matter if you feel that you have outgrown him. He is one of those writers who become a part of you.
"It doesn't matter if you feel that you have outgrown him. He is one of those writers who become a part of you."He was never a part of me, but he was for so many of my friends that, to this day, some forty years later, when his name comes up? I walk around like there's bubblegum stuck to the bottom of my shoes.
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