All Quiet On The Western Front Quotes

“It’s queer, when one thinks about it,” goes on Kropp, “we are here to protect our fatherland. And the French are over there to protect their fatherland. Now who’s in theright?” (9.35)

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All Quiet On The Western Front

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I’ve been reading the book All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and it’s one of those books that when you look at the cover you’re like “ehh looks slow” but once you start reading it, it really grabs you and you want to keep reading. It’s about a soldier and his fellow soldiers on the battle field of World War 1 and how things were from their point of view. I had always heard of WW1 and WW2 and I always had an idea that is was a struggle for soldiers who fought, but my idea of their struggles was just death and starvation. Little did I know that they had lice, trench foot, and barely showered. It’s much worse than I thought it to be. Books like these sort of “humble” you in a way. For a while you put your life into perspective and just tell yourself “okay waking up at 7 in the morning isn’t that  bad after all.” I’m only 3 chapters in and it’s a really good book so far. Can’t wait to finish it.

Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day…. *Sighs* The day that you’re secret admirer, boyfriend/girlfriend, or significant other is supposed to get you a gift and surprise you. If you don’t have a valentine then February 14th can just be a day where you feel like staying home and watching re-runs of The Walking Dead and buying yourself candy. I’m sorry but no… Even if you’re “alone” on Valentine’s Day, that doesn’t mean you don’t have friends, am I right? Go out! Have fun! Have you and your friends buy each other gifts. Valentine’s day is about love, don’t you love your friends and family? Alone forever is not an option. Someone will come along, trust me. For now just have fun. Make plans like going to Disneyland, the movies(there’s that new movie out with that hot actor/actress) , a restaurant, or just a movie night at home. Spoil yourself. Go buy a new outfit, new accessories, a new phone case, or some shoes. Let Valentine’s Day be something you enjoy, not something that makes you feel unwanted.

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The Expectations of Women

A Work of Artifice

The bonsai tree 
in the attractive pot 
could have grown eighty feet tall 
on the side of a mountain 
till split by lightning. 
But a gardener 
carefully pruned it. 
It is nine inches high. 
Every day as he 
whittles back the branches 
the gardener croons, 
It is your nature 
to be small and cozy, 
domestic and weak; 
how lucky, little tree, 
to have a pot to grow in. 
With living creatures 
one must begin very early 
to dwarf their growth: 
the bound feet, 
the crippled brain, 
the hair in curlers, 
the hands you 
love to touch.

Marge Piercy