One thing which Uncle Alex found objectionable about human beings was that they seldom took time out to notice when they were happy. He himself did his best to acknowledge it when times were sweet. We could be drinking lemonade in the shade of an apple tree in the summertime, and he would interrupt the conversation to say, “If this isn’t nice, what is?”

So, I hope that you Adams and Eves in front of me will do the same for the rest of your lives. When things are going sweetly and peacefully, please pause a moment, and then say out loud: “If this isn’t nice, what is?”

I’ll want a show of hands, after I ask this question:

"How many of you have had a teacher at any level in your educations who made you more excited to be alive, prouder to be alive, than you had previously believed possible?"

Hold up your hands, please.

Now take down your hands and say the name of that teacher to someone sitting or standing near you.

All done? Thank you.

If this isn’t nice, what is?

— Excerpt from Kurt Vonnegut’s Commencement Speech at Rice University, 1998 (via spenceralthouse) and part of Seven Stories Press’ collection of graduating Vonnegut-isms "If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?"

(via spenceralthouse)

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"A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity."
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