Kurt Vonnegut

American writer. His works, such as Cat's Cradle (1963), Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), and Breakfast of Champions (1973), blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. As a citizen, he was a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a pacifist intellectual, who often was critical of the society that he lived in. He was known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association.

About Inspiration

I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit.
I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, "The Beatles did".