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But I also knew that there was no going back. One can never go back; nothing and no one is ever the same. All that remained was an occasional evening of sadness, the sadness that we all feel because everything passes and because man is the only animal who knows it.
—  Erich Maria Remarque, from Shadows in Paradise (Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1998; first published 1971)

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We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. 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 war.
 ―    Erich Maria Remarque,  All Quiet on the Western Front

It was something in my blood; I hardly understood it myself, but I knew it would lead me to my destruction. I fought against it; I tried to get away from it, and sometimes I thought I was almost succeeding; but then came a memory, a dream, or, as now, an opportunity to set the wheels of destiny in motion, and that was the end of my illusions; then I knew that there was no escape for me.
—  Erich Maria Remarque, from Shadows in Paradise (Random House Trade Paperbacks, 1998; first published 1971)

- La guerra nos ha estropeado a todos.
Tiene razón. Ya no somos jóvenes .Ya no queremos conquistar el mundo.Somos fugitivos .Huimos de nosotros mismos .De nuestra vida. Teníamos dieciocho años y empezábamos a amar el mundo y la existencia; pero hemos tenido que disparar contra esto.  La explosión de la primera granada nos estropeó el corazón .Estamos al margen de la actividad , del esfuerzo , del progreso ….
Ya no creemos en nada ; solo en la guerra.
—  Sin novedad en el frente -Erich Maria Remarque
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books: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

“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.”