All is Quite

Two of my favorite literary quotes of all time come from “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque. I ran into them a couple days ago and thought I would share:

“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.”

–Chapter 10

“The life that has borne me through these years is still in my hands and my eyes. Whether I have subdued it, I know not. But so long as it is there it will seek its own way out, heedless of the will that is within me.”

–Chapter 12