Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt

From the novel Slaughterhouse- Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Thanks to Adam for putting me onto this… a beautiful quote from the tombstone of Billy Pilgrim, a fictional character from Kurt Vonnegut’s novel ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’, describing his final reflections on his very eventful life.

It reminds that though life often seems hard and unfair, life itself is still a miracle.. and therefore it is extremely beautiful.


~ by humblemonkey on March 15, 2009.

4 Responses to “Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt”

  1. i love Vonnegut

  2. Oh, nice . . .

  3. Amen! Stumbled onto your site today while I was googling to find the name of the Vonnegut character whose epitaph this was. I look forward to taking a look around. Peace.

  4. I always saw this as being deeply, hilariously, tragically sarcastic. I mean taking this literally… it dismisses the rest of the book in a way. Life appears to be many things, and one of the major themes of the book is the ignorance of the human race. Romanticizing war, idealizing domestic life, dismissing mental illnesses. That is just my opinion of course, and the quote is beautiful all the same. I want it written on my tombstone! 🙂

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