Erich Maria Remarque was born 22 June 1898, and died 25 September 1970
- A hospital alone shows what war is.
- It is just as much a matter of chance that I am still alive as that I might have been hit.
- I would like to tell you in a few sentences what I think of the war, but I can’t. I think there is no reason in the whole world for any war, think what you will.
- Life did not intend to make us perfect. Whoever is perfect belongs in a museum.
- 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.
- To forget is the secret of eternal youth. One grows old only through memory. There’s much too little forgetting.
- If things went according to the death notices, man would be absolutely perfect. There you find only first-class fathers, immaculate husbands, model children, unselfish, self-sacrificing mothers, grandparents mourned by all, businessmen in contrast with whom Francis of Assisi would seem an infinite egoist, generals dripping with kindness, humane prosecuting attorneys, almost holy munitions makers – in short, the earth seems to have been populated by a horde of wingless angels without one’s having been aware of it.
Erich Maria Remarque was a German author. He is best known for his novel, All Quiet on the Western Front.
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