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Harrison Bergeron

Harrison Bergeron


by Kurt Vonnegut

Harrison Bergeron Competition Quotes

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Quote #1

Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. (1)

And everybody was really, really boring.

Quote #2

[The ballerinas] weren't really very good—no better than anybody else would have been, anyway. (10)

We're not sure why they're even showing ballet on TV. Why would anyone want to be a ballerina if you're just going to have giant weights dangling off you anyway? The whole ballet scene is so absurd, it just might be Vonnegut's criticism of those who believe that socialism would take all the fun out of life. Vonnegut's saying, "Do you really think this would happen?"

Quote #3

"I don't care if you're not equal to me for a while." (24)

Aww, honey, that's the sweetest thing you've ever said. Except that we're not sure if Hazel is the supportive wife, or an unconscious enabler of George's laziness.

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