40+ Best Slaughterhouse Five Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is a science fiction infused anti-war novel by Kurt Vonnegut, first published in 1969. Profoundly inspirational Slaughterhouse Five quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Slaughterhouse Five Quotes

And what do the birds say? All there is to say about a massacre, things like Poo-tee-weet? — Slaughterhouse Five

Rosewater was twice as smart as Billy, but he and Billy were dealing with similar crises in similar ways. They had both found life meaningless, partly because of what they had seen in war. Rosewater, for instance, had shot a fourteen-year-old fireman, mistaking him for a German soldier. So it goes. And Billy had seen the greatest massacre in European history, which was the fire-bombing of Dresden. So it goes. — Slaughterhouse Five

There are no characters in this story and almost no dramatic confrontations because most of the people in it are so sick and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters. But old Derby was a character now. — Slaughterhouse Five

Really – Im O.K. And he was, too, except that he could find no explanation for why the song had affected him so grotesquely. He has supposed for years that he had no secrets from himself. Here was proof that he had great big secret somewhere inside, and he could not imagine what it was. — Slaughterhouse Five

All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist. The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just the way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance. They can see how permanent all the moments are, and they can look at any moment that interests them. It is just an illusion 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. — Slaughterhouse Five

And even if the wars didnt keep coming like glaciers, there would still be plain old death. — Slaughterhouse Five

Everything is all right, and everybody has to do exactly what he does. — Slaughterhouse Five

They crawled into a forest like the big, unlucky mammals they were. — Slaughterhouse Five

And on and on it went that duet between the dumb, praying lady and the big, hollow man who was so full of loving echoes. — Slaughterhouse Five

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to always tell the difference. — Slaughterhouse Five

Rumfoord was thinking in in military mannerthat an inconvenient person, one whose death he wished for very much, for practical reasons, was suffering from a repulsive disease. — Slaughterhouse Five

Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is so it goes. — Slaughterhouse Five

Among the things Billy Pilgrim could not change were the past, the present, and the future. — Slaughterhouse Five

You neednt worry about bombs, by the way. Dresden is an open city. It is undefended. — Slaughterhouse Five

There isnt any particular relationship between all the messages, except that the author has chosen them carefully, so that, when seen all at once, they produce an image of life that is beautiful and surprising and deep. There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time. — Slaughterhouse Five

At that time, they were teaching that there was absolutely no difference between anybody. They may be teaching that still. — Slaughterhouse Five

My God–what have they done to you, lad? This isnt a man. Its a broken kite. — Slaughterhouse Five

If I hadnt spent so much time studying Earthlings, said the Tralfamadorian, I wouldnt have any idea what was meant by free will. Ive visited thirty-one inhabited planets in the universe, and I have studied reports on one hundred more. Only on Earth is there any talk of free will. — Slaughterhouse Five

So they were trying to re-invent themselves and their universe….Science fiction was a big help. — Slaughterhouse Five

It is so short and jumbled and jangled, Sam, because there is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre. — Slaughterhouse Five

Billy had a framed prayer on his office wall which expressed his method for keeping going, even though he was unenthusiastic about living. A lot of patients who saw the prayer on Billys wall told him that it helped them to keep going, too. It went like this: — Slaughterhouse Five

The cattle are lowing,/ The Baby awakes./ But the little Lord Jesus/ No crying he makes. — Slaughterhouse Five

As a trafficker in climaxes and thrills and characterization and wonderful dialogue and suspense and confrontations, I had outlined the Dresden story many times. — Slaughterhouse Five

I am a Tralfamadorian, seeing all time as you might see a stretch of the Rocky Mountains. All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. — Slaughterhouse Five

In my prison cell I sit,/ With my britches full of shit,/ And my balls are bouncing gently on the floor./ And I see the bloody snag/ When she bit me in the bag./ Oh Ill never f*ck a Polack any more. — Slaughterhouse Five

The nicest veterans in Schenectady, I thought, the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones whod really fought. — Slaughterhouse Five

The skyline was intricate and voluptuous and enchanted and absurd. It looked like a Sunday school picture of Heaven to Billy Pilgrim. — Slaughterhouse Five

One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, Poo-tee-weet? — Slaughterhouse Five

Thats one thing Earthlings might learn to do….Ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones. — Slaughterhouse Five

He went home for a nap after lunch. He was under doctors orders to take a nap every day. The doctor hoped that this would relieve a complaint that Billy hadEvery so often, for no apparent reason, Billy Pilgrim would find himself weeping. Nobody had ever caught Billy doing it. Only the doctor knew. It was an extremely quiet thing Billy did, and not very moist. — Slaughterhouse Five

All this responsibility at such an early age made her a bitchy flibbertigibbet. — Slaughterhouse Five

And even if the wars didnt keep coming like glaciers, there would still be plain old death. — Slaughterhouse Five

If what Billy Pilgrim learned from the Tralfamadorians is true, that we will all live forever, no matter how dead we may sometimes seem to be, I am not overjoyed. Still–if I am going to spend eternity visiting this moment and that, Im grateful that so many of those moments are nice. — Slaughterhouse Five

It is, in the imagination of combats fans, the divinely listless loveplay that follows the *rga*sm of victory. It is called mopping up. — Slaughterhouse Five

The legs of those who stood were like fence posts driven into a warm, squirming, farting, sighing earth. The queer earth was a mosaic of sleepers who nestled like spoons. — Slaughterhouse Five

He is in a constant state of stage fright, he says, because he never knows what part of his life he is going to have to act in next. — Slaughterhouse Five

We went to the New York Worlds 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 presenthow wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep. — Slaughterhouse Five

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