“All Quiet On The Western Front” Quotes

“The first bombardment showed us our mistake, and under it the world as they had taught us broke in pieces.” pg. 12

“You lack a studious mind, Kropp, sit down,” pg. 85

“At school nobody ever taught us how to light a cigarette in a storm of rain, nor that it is best to stick a bayonet in the belly because there it doesn’t get jammed, as it does in the ribs.” pg. 85

“The first bomb, the first explosion, burst in our hearts. We are cut off from activity, from striving, from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in the war.” pg. 88

“They are not proper thought; they are memories which in my weakness haunt me & strangely move me.” pg. 119

“And even if these scenes of youth were given back to us we would hardly know what to do. The tender, secret influence that passed from them into us could not rise agin. We might remember and love them and be stirred by the sight of them. But it would be like gazing at the photograph of a dead comrade; those are his feature, it is his face, and the days we spent together take on a mournful like in the memory; but the man himself it is not.” pg. 122

“We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial – I believe we are lost.” Pg. 123

“They are brimstone butterflies, with red spots on their yellow wings. What can they be looking for here? There is not a plant nor a flower for miles. They settle on the teeth of a skull.” Pg 127

“Soon we are sitting up once more with the rigid tenseness of black anticipation.” Pg 129

“-  it is damnable business but what has it to do with us now —we live.” Pg. 139

” I feel and irresistible attraction in it, I would like to be here too and forget the war; but also it repels me, it is so narrow, how can that fill a man’s life? He ought to smash it to bits ——– ” pg. 169

” But to wait for dysentery is not much of a life either.” Pg. 193

“I think it is more of a kind of fever,’ says Albert. ‘No one in particular wants it, and then all at once there it is. We didn’t want the war, the others say the same thing – and yet half the world is in it all the same.” Pg. 206



  • Idyll: an extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque episode or scene, typically an idealized or unsustainable one.
  • Fastidious: very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail.
  • Resignation:  an act of retiring or giving up a position
  • Scorn: the feeling or belief that someone or something is worthless or despicable; contempt.
  • Surreptitious: kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of.
  • Disconcerted: disturb the composure of; unsettle.
  • Emaciated: abnormally thin or weak, especially because of illness or a lack of food.
  • Heedless: showing a reckless lack of care or attention.
  • Will: expressing the future tense.

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