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Ernst Toller Quotes

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Soldiers and peasants lived together on friendly terms;
they knew each other and their everyday routines,
and trusted each other; they shook their heads together over the war.
- Ernst Toller

Slogans which deafened us so that we could not hear the truth.
- Ernst Toller

Later we learned that it was one of our own men hanging on the wire.
Nobody could do anything for him; two men had already tried to save him,
only to be shot themselves.
- Ernst Toller

The revolution is like a vessel filled with the pulsating
heartbeat of millions of working people.
- Ernst Toller

 

And the spirit of revolution will not die while the
hearts of these workers continue to beat.
- Ernst Toller

How happy I am to go to the front at last.
To do my bit.
To prove with my life what I think I feel.
- Ernst Toller

I saw the dead without really seeing them.
- Ernst Toller

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Most people have no imagination.
If they could imagine the sufferings of others,
they would not make them suffer so.
What separated a German mother from a French mother?
- Ernst Toller

Each had defended his own country; the Germans Germany,
the Frenchmen France; they had done their duty.
- Ernst Toller

We revolutionaries acknowledge the right to revolution
when we see that the situation is no longer tolerable,
that it has become a frozen.
Then we have the right to overthrow it.
- Ernst Toller

The working class will not halt until socialism has been realized.
- Ernst Toller

At that moment of realization I knew that I had been
blind because I had wished not to see;
it was only then that I realised,
at last, that all these dead men, French and Germans,
were brothers, and I was the brother of them all.
- Ernst Toller

After that I could never pass a dead man without stopping to gaze on his face,
stripped by death of that earthly patina which masks the living soul.
And I would ask, who were you? Where was your home?
Who is mourning for you now?
- Ernst Toller

And suddenly, like light in darkness,
the real truth broke in upon me; the simple fact of Man,
which I had forgotten, which had lain deep buried and out of sight;
the idea of community,
of unity.
- Ernst Toller

As a boy I used to go to the Chamber of Horrors at the annual fair,
to look at the wax figures of Emperors and Kings,
of heroes and murderers of the day.
The dead now had that same unreality,
which shocks without arousing pity.
- Ernst Toller

We thrust our fingers into our ears to stop its moan;
but it was no good; the cry cut like a drill into our heads,
dragging minutes into hours, hours into years.
We withered and grew old between those cries.
- Ernst Toller

Gradually I became aware of details:
a company of French soldiers was marching through the streets of the town.
They broke formation, and went in single file along
the communication trench leading to the front line.
Another group followed them.
- Ernst Toller

The Wedding March always reminds me of the music
played when soldiers go into battle.
- Heinrich Heine

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast
possession of definition.
- Eli Khamarov

History is an account, mostly false,
of events,
mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers,
mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
- Ambrose Bierce

Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.
- Euripides

There's always a reaction based on fear.
People assume if you're criticizing a decision to go to war,
then you're saying something against the soldiers-which is not the case.
- Ed Harris

The soldiers never explained to the government when an Indian was wronged,
but reported the misdeeds of the Indians.
- Geronimo

Toy Soldiers was my introduction to film.
I certainly didn't think I was doing art by any stretch of the imagination.
- Tim Robbins

If our soldiers are not overburdened with money,
it is not because they have a distaste for riches;
if their lives are not unduly long,
it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.
- Sun Tzu

The policemen or soldiers are only a gun in the establishments hand.
They make the racist secure in his racism.
- Huey Newton

Now the true soldiers of Christ must always be prepared
to do battle for the truth,
and must never, so far as lies with them,
allow false convictions to creep in.
- Origen

So the whole of war, when you look at it is probably
run by professional soldiers,
and the rest of them are just recruits,
or people who are just forced to join the army.
- Gerald Scarfe

Bin Laden, who was in his country, attacked and damaged our Pentagon,
and killed our soldiers right out here at the Pentagon.
But his pentagon no longer exists.
It is rubble.
- Jeff Sessions

The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.
- Charles Spurgeon

It wasn't a new idea.
During the war against the French we had this kind
of broadcast for the French soldiers.
- Hanoi Hannah

This conflict is one thing I've been waiting for.
I'm well and strong and young - young enough to go to the front.
If I can't be a soldier, I'll help soldiers.
- Clara Barton

The soldiers' last meal is generally served out about
five o'clock in the afternoon,
sometimes earlier; and a stretch of fourteen hours
intervenes between then and breakfast.
- Patrick MacGill

Patton was living in the Dark Ages.
Soldiers were peasants to him.
I didn't like that attitude.
- Bill Mauldin

War is too serious a matter to leave to soldiers.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

We made them drink poison last night and Saddam Hussein's
soldiers and his great forces gave the Americans a
lesson which will not be forgotten by history.
Truly.
- Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

The Indians were well mounted and felt proud and elated
because they had been made United States soldiers.
- Buffalo Bill

A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Like the American soldiers who went before them,
they are putting their lives on the line to protect ours.
- Doc Hastings

This is all about a media war that continues to rage
between the old and new media.
Unfortunately for our soldiers, these brave Americans
are caught in the crossfire.
- Joe Scarborough

I just think it's my responsibility as a human being
and an entertainer to see the soldiers.
- Coolio

Our soldiers have nobly fought to protect freedom since our country's birth,
and have fought to protect those that could not protect themselves,
even in foreign lands when called upon.
- John Linder

In 1917 - as we have seen, - Italy suffered a great reverse,
losing 200,000 soldiers and immense supplies.
- Kelly Miller

You can make children believe whatever you want,
and the children of today are the soldiers and mothers of tomorrow.
- Dudley Nichols

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
- Thomas Paine

Firefighters are indispensable foot soldiers here at home.
- Christopher Dodd

I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it,
and while our soldiers can stand and fight,
I can stand and feed and nurse them.
- Clara Barton

With courage and character, American soldiers continue
to put themselves on the line to defend our freedom,
and so many have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
- Dan Lipinski

I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of soldiers.
- Siegfried Sassoon

We are all happy when U.S.
soldiers are killed week in and week out.
The killing of U.S.
soldiers in Iraq is legitimate and obligatory.
- Walid Jumblatt

This war is being played in the realm of public opinion
and has dire consequences for our soldiers in Iraq,
the future of our country, and freedom around the world.
- John Doolittle

The south produced statesmen and soldiers,
planters and doctors and lawyers and poets,
but certainly no engineers and mechanics.
Let Yankees adopt such low callings.
- Margaret Mitchell

I am a general.
My soldiers are the keys and I have to command them.
- Vladimir Horowitz

My son is not wild about going back to Iraq,
but he'd sure rather do that than sacrifice all that
he and his fellow soldiers have accomplished by leaving
too early and inviting chaos.
- Kit Bond

American soldiers had to guard prisoners on the inside
while receiving mortar and weapons fire from the outside.
Guantanamo is distant from any battlefield,
making it far more secure.
- John Yoo

There are few men more superstitious than soldiers.
They are, after all, the men who live closest to death.
- Mary Stewart

Discipline is simply the art of making the soldiers
fear their officers more than the enemy.
- Claude Adrien Helvetius

Regard your soldiers as your children,
and they will follow you into the deepest valleys;
look on them as your own beloved sons,
and they will stand by you even unto death.
- Sun Tzu

When the soldiers came home from Vietnam,
there were no parades, no celebrations.
So they built the Vietnam Memorial for themselves.
- William Westmoreland

A few regular troops from old France,
weakened by hunger and sickness, who,
when fresh, were unable to withstand the British soldiers,
are their general's chief dependence.
- James Wolfe

I knew that if the feat was accomplished it must be
at a most fearful sacrifice of as brave and gallant
soldiers as ever engaged in battle.
- John B. Hood

Soldiers of Israel, we have no aims of conquest.
Our purpose is to bring to naught the attempts of the
Arab armies to conquer our land.
- Moshe Dayan

Christians, like slaves and soldiers,
ask no questions.
- Jerry Falwell

Spending time with America's soldiers is always inspiring.
- John Boehner

Soldiers are citizens of death's grey land,
drawing no dividend from time's tomorrows.
- Siegfried Sassoon

The Syrian regime is helping the insurgency in Iraq
and allowing all kinds of militants to come in and out,
and go to Iraq to attack random soldiers and innocent people.
- Walid Jumblatt

I have done my duty by the laws of my people and I
am sorry my people were led this time by men who were
not soldiers and that crimes were committed of which I had no knowledge.
- Ernst Kaltenbrunner

In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.
- H. L. Mencken

The gigantic Gaul derided the Roman soldiers as a band of pigmies.
- John Lothrop Motley

Our soldiers and their families are benefiting.
They deserve good, quality housing and they need it.
- Jim Walsh

After all my years of playing soldiers,
and then of reading History, I have almost a mania to be in the East,
to see fighting, and to serve.
- Wilfred Owen


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