Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front

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  • Виктория Буничеваhas quoted5 years ago
    Shells, gas clouds, and flotillas of tanks--shattering, corroding, death.

    Dysentery, influenza, typhus--scalding, choking, death.

    Trenches, hospitals, the common grave--there are no other possibilities.
  • Виктория Буничеваhas quoted5 years ago
    "Mostly by one country badly offending another," answers Albert with a slight air of superiority.

    Then Tjaden pretends to be obtuse. "A country? I don't follow. A mountain in Germany cannot offend a mountain in France. Or a river, or a wood, or a field of wheat."

    "Are you really as stupid as that, or are you just pulling my leg?" growls Kropp, "I don't mean that at all. One people offends the other--"

    "Then I haven't any business here at all," replies Tjaden, "I don't feel myself offended."

    "Well, let me tell you," says Albert sourly, "it doesn't apply to tramps like you."

    "Then I can be going home right away," retorts Tjaden, and we all laugh, "Ach, man! he means the people as a whole, the State--" exclaims Müller.

    "State, State"--Tjaden snaps his fingers contemptuously, "Gendarmes, police, taxes, that's your State;--if that's what you are talking about, no, thank you."
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