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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

„We were all at once terribly alone; and alone we must see it through.“

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

Source: All Quiet on the Western Front

„The death of one man is a just death, the death of two millions is a statistic.“

—  Erich Maria Remarque, book The Black Obelisk

Aber das ist wohl so, weil ein einzelner immer der Tod ist — und zwei Millionen immer nur eine Statistik.
Der schwarze Obelisk (1956)
A variant of this quote "One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is just a statistic." has also been attributed to Joseph Stalin, but no source for this has been found. This version appeared in the English press not later than 1958. (Ремарк, Эрих Мария // Словарь современных цитат / составитель К. В. Душенко — Москва: изд-во «Эксмо», 2006)

„Love should not be polluted with friendship.“

—  Erich Maria Remarque

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

„It's no shame to be born stupid. Only to die stupid.“

—  Erich Maria Remarque, book Three Comrades

Source: Three Comrades

„Anything you can settle with money is cheap.“

—  Erich Maria Remarque

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

„Our knowledge of life is limited to death“

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

Source: All Quiet on the Western Front

„We have so much to say, and we shall never say it.“

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

Source: All Quiet on the Western Front

„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.

„It's only terrible to have nothing to wait for.“

—  Erich Maria Remarque, book Three Comrades

Source: Three Comrades

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