Kurt Vonnegut, College Commencement Speech, 1999 (If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?)

One of the things [Uncle Alex] found objectionable about human beings was that they so rarely noticed it 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 Uncle Alex would interrupt the conversation to say, “If this isn’t nice, what is?”

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

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