There’s something about Slaughterhouse-Five and Kurt Vonnegut’s sentences that really stick with me. ‘So it goes’ is, by far, the only line from a book to leave such a lasting impression on my mind. Whenever anything bad happens, whenever I’m exhausted and feeling particularly like I’ve reached a dead end, ‘so it goes’ echoes through my mind. For such a small phrase, there was so much emotion packed into it in the books.
The line is powerful because it both acknowledges a series of strong emotions and dismisses it at the same time. It’s a wonderful juxtaposition – the type of juxtaposition that simply says:
Bad things happen. Sure, it absolutely sucks that such terrible things can happen, but you have to deal with whatever comes your way because life will eventually force you to.”
-Tiffany T. Cole