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Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

by Kurt Vonnegut

Religion Quotes

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Quote #1

I would have been a Bokononist then, if there had been anyone to teach me the bittersweet lies of Bokonon. (1.10)

Bittersweet lies? And why would the protagonist want to be a Bokononist if he knows it's a religion of lies? Talk about your attention-grabbers. Looks like we'll have to read on to find out.

Quote #2

She was a fool, and so am I, and so is anyone who thinks he sees what God is Doing, [writes Bokonon].

It's odd that a supposed prophet would say such a thing. It's almost as if he's laying bare the device—like a magician letting you in on how a trick works.

Quote #3

Anyone unable to understand how a useful religion can be founded on lies will not understand this book either. (4.5)

Like art, religion might not be real—but that doesn't mean it's not valuable. Here, the narrator seems to be saying the same thing about religion. Check out our "Art and Culture" theme for more.

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