All Quiet on the Western Front

by: Erich Maria Remarque

Chapter Three

1

We stick out our chests, shave in the open, shove our hands in our pockets, inspect the recruits and feel ourselves stone-age veterans.

2

[T]he ministers and generals of the two countries, dressed in bathing-drawers and armed with clubs, can have it out among themselves. Whoever survives, his country wins. That would be much simpler and more just than this arrangement, where the wrong people do the fighting.

3

As sure as they get a stripe or a star they become different men, just as though they’d swallowed concrete.