15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Will

The title of this 2007 article (hat tip mental-floss blog) seems a bit over the top, but if you’re a Kurt Vonnegut fan, I suppose it holds some attraction. I liked number 13:

13. “So it goes.”

Unlike many of these quotes, the repeated refrain from Vonnegut’s classic Slaughterhouse-Five isn’t notable for its unique wording so much as for how much emotion—and dismissal of emotion—it packs into three simple, world-weary words that simultaneously accept and dismiss everything. There’s a reason this quote graced practically every elegy written for Vonnegut over the past two weeks (yes, including ours): It neatly encompasses a whole way of life. More crudely put: “Shit happens, and it’s awful, but it’s also okay. We deal with it because we have to.”


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