1. 10

    We are not youth any longer. We donโ€™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.

    52
  2. 9

    We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces.

    60
  3. 8

    The crowd, still shouting, gives way before us. We plough our way through. Women hold their aprons over their faces and go stumbling away. A roar of fury goes up. A wounded man is being carried off.

    61
  4. 7

    To forget is the secret of eternal youth. One grows old only through memory. There's much too little forgetting.

    62
  5. 6

    No matter how improbable an assertion is, if it is made with enough assurance it has an affect.

    62
  6. 5

    Am I jealous? he thought, astonished. Jealous of the chance object to which she has attached herself? Jealous of something that does not concern me? One can be jealous of a love that has turned away, but not of that to which it has turned.

    65
  7. 4

    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.

    67
  8. 3

    This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.

    69
  9. 2

    Life is a disease, brother, and death begins already at birth. Every breath, every heartbeat, is a moment of dying - a little shove toward the end.

    74
  10. 1

    We have our dreams because without them we could not bear the truth.

    103
  11. Last Update: 21 June 2021

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