Inspirational Erich Maria Remarque Quotes

Erich Maria Remarque (22 June 1898 – 25 September 1970) was a German novelist. Below is a list of some Inspirational Erich Maria Remarque Quotes.

He created many works about the terror of war. His best known novel All Quiet on the Western Front (1928), about German soldiers in the First World War, was made into an Oscar-winning film. His book made him an enemy of the Nazis, who burned many of his works.

Erich Maria Remarque Quotes
Erich Maria Remarque Quotes

Erich Maria Remarque Quotes

“Come let me kiss you. Life was never so precious as today— when it meant so little.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“You take it from me, we are losing the war because we can salute too well.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“It’s no shame to be born stupid. Only to die stupid.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“It is very queer that the unhappiness of the world is so often brought on by small men.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“I’ve not much interest in the important things of life. Only in the beautiful things. Just this lilac here makes me happy.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“Good or ill, life is life; you only realize that when you have to risk it.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“Life did not intend to make us perfect. Whoever is perfect belongs in a museum.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“What comfort there is in the skin of someone you love!”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“The best way to lose a woman was to show her a kind of life that one could offer her for only a few days.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“Nothing is the mirror in which you see the world.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“It’s only terrible to have nothing to wait for.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“Anything you can settle with money is cheap.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“Katczinsky says it is all to do with education – it softens the brain.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“I want to think and at the same time that’s the last thing in the world I want to do.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“That is the remarkable thing about drinking: it brings people together so quickly, but between night and morning it sets an interval again of years.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“I am a modern man with a strong tendency to self-destruction.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“Keep things at arm’s length… If you let anything come too near you want to hold on to it. And there is nothing a man can hold on to.”
Erich Maria Remarque

“We were all at once terribly alone; and alone we must see it through.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“The wisest were just the poor and simple people. They knew the war to be a misfortune, whereas those who were better off, and should have been able to see more clearly what the consequences would be, were beside themselves with joy.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“I wandered through the streets thinking of all the things I might have said and might have done had I been other than I was.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“To forget is the secret of eternal youth. One grows old only through memory. There’s much too little forgetting.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“No soldier outlives a thousand chances. But every soldier believes in Chance and trusts his luck.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“We have so much to say, and we shall never say it.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“We are cut off from activity, from striving, from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in the war.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“Never do anything complicated when something simple will serve as well. It’s one of the most important secrets of living.”
― Erich Maria Remarque quotes

“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.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“Modesty and conscientiousness receive their reward only in novels. In life they are exploited and then shoved aside.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“It was a melancholy secret that reality can arouse desires but never satisfy them.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“Strange how complicated we can make things just to avoid showing what we feel!”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“You may turn into an archangel, a fool, or a criminal—no one will see it. But when a button is missing—everyone sees that.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“We’re no longer young men. We’ve lost any desire to conquer the world. We are refugees. We are fleeing from ourselves. From our lives.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“For a moment I had a strange intuition that just this, and in a real, profound sense, is life; and perhaps happiness even – love with a mixture of sadness, reverence, and silent knowledge.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“We are not youth any longer. We don’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.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“Sometimes I used to think that one day i should wake up, and all that had been would be over. forgotten, sunk, drowned. Nothing was sure – not even memory.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“Night is nature’s protest against the leprosy of civilization, Gottfried. No decent man can withstand it for long. He begins to notice that he has been turned out of the silent company of the trees, the animals, the stars, and unconscious life.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“Bombardment, barrage, curtain-fire, mines, gas, tanks, machine-guns, hand-grenades – words, words, but they hold the horror of the world.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“I did not want to think so much about her. I wanted to take her as an unexpected, delightful gift, that had come and would go again — nothing more. I meant not to give room to the thought that it could ever be more. I knew too well that all love has the desire for eternity and that therein lies its eternal torment. Nothing lasts. Nothing.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

“How senseless is everything that can ever be written, done, or thought, when such things are possible. It must be all lies and of no account when the culture of a thousand years could not prevent this stream of blood being poured out, these torture-chambers in their hundreds of thousands. A hospital alone shows what war is.”
― Erich Maria Remarque

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