"So it goes..."
This quote is mentioned in many places throughout the book which is why we don't have a specific page number for it because it's basically the theme of the novel but we had to include it because it is the most important quote of the novel and just is generally used to show Billy Pilgrim's desensitization to anything sad. This is because this is how the Tralfamadorians taught Billy Pilgrim to react to certain events such as these.
"Why you? Why us for that matter? Why anything? Because this moment simply is." (Vonnegut 76-77).
This quote illustrates very well the questions of relativity that Billy Pilgrim experiences when in the world of the Tralfamadorians. Billy is very confused as to why the Tralfamadorians would select him out of everyone as one naturally might be. They however present him with these profound questions that really encompass the entire feel of Tralfamadore and everything Billy experiences and notices because of them.
"I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not to fill them with satisfaction or glee." (Vonnegut 19).
This quote really delves into Vonnegut's anti-war sentiments in this book. He has come to be so opposed to war and massacre of other humans that he stresses to his own sons that not only are they not take part in a massacre but they should not buy into propaganda and become very happy with the destruction of enemies of America.
"All this happened, more or less. The war parts anyway, are pretty much true. One guy I knew really was shot in Dresden for taking a teapot that wasn't his. Another guy I knew really did threaten to have his personal enemies killed by hired gunmen after the war. And so on. I've changed all the names." (Vonnegut 1).
We selected this quote because it is a very important and very pivotal quote considering the whole novel. It probably ranks right up there with "So it goes..." because it shows the entire premises of how Vonnegut is writing this book through his own experiences but very scattered and somewhat questionably credible are these experiences. It depicts his very abrupt and scatterbrained timeline of events that he remembers as almost PTSD-like and really gives an insight into Kurt Vonnegut as the man himself.
"Everything is supposed to be very quiet after a massacre, and it always is, except for the birds.
And what do the birds say? All there is to say about a massacre, things like "Poo-tee-weet?" (Vonnegut 19).
We picked this quote because we thought it really encapsulated that idea of war and everything that comes afterward and what it puts inside your head. We believe this is almost the exact image that should appear in one's mind when picturing something as Kurt Vonnegut describes here. And this is exactly what Vonnegut tries to accomplisg by telling his publisher Sam of this scene.