SLAUGHTER HOUSE - FIVE quotes

  1. And I asked myself about the present; how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep
    P18
  2. And so on.
    P20
  3. As an Earthling, I had to believe whatever clocks said—and calendars.
    P20
  4. People aren't supposed to look back. I'm certainly not going to do it anymore.
    P22
  5. So it goes.
    P24
  6. It is just an allusion we have 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.
    P27
  7. Bitchy flibbertigibbet
    P29
  8. He looked like a filthy flamingo.
    P33
  9. Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from the things she found in gift shops.
    P39
  10. Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is.
    P76
  11. All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I've said before, bugs in amber.
    P86
  12. Only on Earth is there any talk of free will.
    P86
  13. The chimneys whirled constellations of sparks.
    P93
  14. So they were trying to re-invent themselves and their universe.
    P101
  15. You know—we've had to imagine the war here and we have imagined that it was being fought by gang men like ourselves. We had forgotten that wars were fought by babies. When I saw those freshly shaved faces, it was a shock.
    P106
  16. Practically nobody on Earth is an American.
    P110
  17. Ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones.
    P117
  18. He had already seen a lot of their marriage, thanks to time-travel, knew it was going to be at least bearable all the way.
    P120
  19. Other people's dreams aren't very interesting, usually.
    P121
  20. Um.
    P121
  21. Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.
    P122
  22. Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue. Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves. This inward blame has been...
  23. ...a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say, Napoleonic times.
    P129
  24. They do not love one another because they do not love themselves.
    P130
  25. Billy Pilgrim was Cinderella, and Cinderella was Billy Pilgrim.
    P145
  26. The skyline was intricate and voluptuous and enchanted and absurd.
    P148
  27. That was I. That was me.
    P148
  28. mournfully pregnant with patriotism and middle age and imaginary wisdom.
    P150
  29. I just want you to know: I was there.
    P193
  30. The woman was softly beautiful, translucent from having eaten potatoes for so long.
    P196 honestly same
  31. It was all right. Everything is all right and everybody has to do exactly what he does.
    P198
  32. But it was too early in the evening for programs that allowed people with peculiar opinions to speak out.
    P200
  33. Still- if I am going to spend eternity visiting this moment and that, I'm grateful that so many of those moments are nice.
    P211