All Quiet on the Western Front

by: Erich Maria Remarque

Chapter Twelve

1

All that meets me, all that floods over me are but feelings—greed of life, love of home, yearning for the blood, intoxication of deliverance. But no aims.

2

And men will not understand us—for the generation that grew up before us, though it has passed these years with us already had a home and a calling; now it will return to its old occupations, and the war will be forgotten—and the generation that has grown up after us will be strange to us and push us aside. We will be superfluous even to ourselves.

3

Turning him over one saw that he could not have suffered long; his face had an expression of calm, as though almost glad the end had come.