Charm was a scheme for making strangers like and trust a person immediately, no matter what the charmer had in mind.
Billy Pilgrim, there in the creekbed, thought he, Billy Pilgrim, was turning to steam painlessly.
On Tralfamadore, says Billy Pilgrim, there isn't much interest in Jesus Christ. The Earthling figure who is most engaging to the Tralfamadorian mind, he says, is Charles Darwin - who taught that those who die are meant to die, that corpses are improvements. So it goes.
The nicest veterans in Schenectady, I thought, the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones who'd really fought.
Thinking doesn't seem to help very much. The human brain is too high-powered to have many practical uses in this particular universe.
I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it's a very poor scheme for survival.
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