All Quiet on the Western Front

by: Erich Maria Remarque

Chapter One

1

You haven’t drawn food for eighty men. You’ve drawn it for the Second Company. Good. Let’s have it then. We are the Second Company.

2

He it is still and yet it is not he any longer. His features have become uncertain and faint, like a photographic plate from which two pictures have been taken. Even his voice sounds like ashes.

3

Youth! We are none of us more than twenty years old. But young? Youth? That is long ago. We are old folk.