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  • Billy Pilgrim, there in the creekbed, thought he, Billy Pilgrim, was turning to steam painlessly.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • If I wrote something that hadn't really happened, and I tried to sell it, I could go to jail. That's fraud!
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • The champagne was dead. So it goes.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • Trout's leading robot looked like a human being, and could talk and dance and so on, and go out with girls. And nobody held it against him that he dropped jellied gasoline on people. But they found his halitosis unforgivable. But then he cleared that up, and he was welcomed to the human race.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • Billy was guided by dread and the lack of dread. Dread told him when to stop. Lack of it told him when to move again.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")


  • It is just an illusion here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone, it is gone forever.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • The city was blacked out because bombers might come, so Billy didn't get to see Dresden do one of the most cheerful things a city can do when the sun goes down, which is to wink its lights on one by one.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • We went to the New York World's Fair, saw what the past had been like, according to the Ford Motor Car Company and Walt Disney, saw what the future would be like, according to General Motors. And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • Billy's smile as he came out of the shrubbery was at least as peculiar as Mona Lisa's, for he was simultaneously on foot in Germany in 1944 and riding his Cadillac in 1967.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • It is so short and jumbled and jangled because there is nothing intelligent to say after a massacre. Everybody is supposed to be dead...everything is supposed to be very quiet...and it always is, except for the birds.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • The dog, who had sounded so ferocious in the winter distances, was a female German Shepherd. She was shivering. Her tail was between her legs. She had been borrowed that morning from a farmer. She had never been to war before. She had no idea what game was being played. Her name was Princess.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at once.There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. When seen all at once, they produce an image of life that is beautiful and surprising and deep.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • Earthlings are the great explainers, explaining why this event is structured as it is, telling how other events may be achieved or avoided.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • It was very exciting for her, taking his dignity away in the name of love.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")

  • The little girls were wearing black party dresses and black party shoes, so strangers would know at once how nice they were.
    (Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five")


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