All Quiet on the Western Front Quotes.

1. "I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another."
- Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

2. "But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony--Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?"
- Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

3. "We are not youth any longer. We don’t want to take the world by storm. We are fleeing. We fly from ourselves. From our life. We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces."
- Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

4. "It is very queer that the unhappiness of the world is so often brought on by small men."
- Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

5. "We were all at once terribly alone; and alone we must see it through."
- Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

6. "We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial—I believe we are lost."
- Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

7. "How senseless is everything that can ever be written, done, or thought, when such things are possible. It must be all lies and of no account when the culture of a thousand years could not prevent this stream of blood being poured out, these torture-chambers in their hundreds of thousands. A hospital alone shows what war is."
- Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

8. "We are little flames poorly sheltered by frail walls against the storm of dissolution and madness, in which we flicker and sometimes almost go out…we creep in upon ourselves and with big eyes stare into the night…and thus we wait for morning."
- Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

9. "We came to realise - first with astonishment, then bitterness, and finally with indifference - that intellect apparently wasn't the most important thing...not ideas, but the system; not freedom, but drill. We had joined up with enthusiasm and with good will; but they did everything to knock that out of us."
- Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

10. "He fell in October 1918, on a day that was so quiet and still on the whole front, that the army report confined itself to the single sentence: All quiet on the Western Front. He had fallen forward and lay on the earth as though sleeping. Turning him over one saw that he could not have suffered long; his face had an expression of calm, as though almost glad the end had come."
- Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

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