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Erich Maria Remarque

Birthdate: 22. June 1898
Date of death: 25. September 1970

Erich Maria Remarque was a German novelist who created many works about the terror of war. His best known novel All Quiet on the Western Front , 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.

Works

All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front
Erich Maria Remarque
Three Comrades
Three Comrades
Erich Maria Remarque
The Black Obelisk
The Black Obelisk
Erich Maria Remarque
The Night in Lisbon
The Night in Lisbon
Erich Maria Remarque

„It is just as much a matter of chance that I am still alive as that I might have been hit.“

—  Erich Maria Remarque, book All Quiet on the Western Front

Source: All Quiet on the Western Front (1929), Ch. 6
Context: It is just as much a matter of chance that I am still alive as that I might have been hit. In a bomb-proof dugout I might have been smashed to atoms, and in the open survive ten hours' bombardment unscathed. No soldier survives a thousand chances. But every soldier believes in Chance and trusts his luck.

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„Why does a man live?
-In order to think about it…“

—  Erich Maria Remarque

Source: Arch of Triumph: A Novel of a Man Without a Country

„Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony—Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?“

—  Erich Maria Remarque, book All Quiet on the Western Front

Paul to the corpse of a French man he has just killed, Ch. 9
Source: All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)
Context: I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony — Forgive me, comrade; how could you be my enemy?

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