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Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

by Kurt Vonnegut

Truth Quotes

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Quote #1

In the autobiographical section of The Book of Bokonon he writes a parable on the folly of pretending to discover, to understand: (3.2)

Truth, like beauty, seems to be in the eye of the beholder. What one person understands intrinsically, another finds to be, well, a little silly. Of course, Bokonon is also a notorious liar, so maybe he's not telling the truth here. Argh, so confusing!

Quote #2

"[Dr. Breed] said science was going to discover the basic secret of life someday," the bartender put in. (11.11)

And the answer is—drum roll—proteins. No, seriously, that's the answer the book gives. While that may be the truth about life, it's also not the truth about, you know, life. Guess the truth about life kind of depends on how you define life.

Quote #3

"I'll think you'll find," said Dr. Breed, "that everybody does about the same amount of thinking. Scientists simply think about things in one way, and other people think about things in others." (15.13)

This one goes back to our "truth is in the eye of the beholder" statement before. Thing is, Breed's conversation with John suggests he doesn't really like it when people think about things in other ways.

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