Quotations from A Farewell to Arms

Quotes should be short. One or two words is fine: eg ‘red as butchers’


47 Passini. ‘There is nothing as bad as war.’
53 F. ‘The doctors were working with their sleeves up to their shoulders and were red as butchers.’
59 F. to Rinaldi ‘I was blown up while we were eating cheese.’ (The banality of war.)
69 In Gorizia F. sees ‘ the new graves in the garden,’ outside the window.
98 Helen Ferguson. ‘You’ll die then. Fight or die. That’s what people do. They don’t marry. (The cynicism and nilhism produced by war.)
120 ‘There were riots twice in the town against the war and bad rioting in Turin.’
120 ‘A British major at the club had told me the Italians had lost one hundred and fifty thousand men on the Bainsizza plateau and on San Gabriele.’
121 The British major again. Fred says of him: ‘There was a great contrast between his world pessimism and personal cheeriness.’ Quite similar to Catherine’s cheeriness and world pessimism.
141 ‘One had so many friends in a war.’
149 ‘They are training an army of ten million.’ (The US)
156 Rinaldi in despair. ‘There’s nothing else I tell you. Not a damned thing. I know, when I stop working.’
159 The priest. ‘Many people have realized the war this summer.’
161 The priest. ‘I don’t believe in victory any more.’
165 F. ‘I was always embarrassed by the words sacred, glorious, and sacrifice…’
‘…and the sacrifices were like the stockyards in Chicago if nothing were done with the meat except to bury it.’
190 ‘We were in more danger from Italians than Germans.’
193 Piani to F. ‘You see we don’t believe in the war anyway, Tenente.’


66 Priest and F.
P. ‘You understand but you do not love God.
F. ‘No’
P. ‘You do not love Him at all?’ he asked.
F. ‘I am afraid of Him in the night sometimes.’
161 Priest and F.
P. ‘What do you believe in?’
F. ‘In sleep.’
289 ‘I had no religion but I knew he ought to have been baptized.’

29 F. ‘I thought she was probably a little crazy. It was all right if she was.’
30 C. to F.‘You don’t have to pretend you love me. That’s over for the evening.’
104 C. ‘You see, darling, it would mean everything to me if I had any religion. But I haven’t any religion.’
104 C. ‘I suppose all sorts of dreadful things will happen to us. But you don’t have to worry about that.’
105 C. ‘I’ve plenty of faults but I’m very faithful.’
114 ‘I’m afraid of rain because sometimes I see me dead in it.’ … ‘And sometimes I see you dead in it.’
123 ‘But life isn’t hard to manage when you’ve nothing to lose.’
125 ‘But you see I’ve never had a baby and I’ve never even loved any one.’
125 F. ‘They won’t get us,’ I said. ‘Because you’re too brave. Nothing ever happens to the brave.’
137 C. ‘I never felt like a whore before.’
139 C. ‘But that’s how we differ darling. I never thought about anything.’
266 ‘I want you so much I want to be you too.’
277 Fred reporting on Catherine in the hospital. ‘She said she had no religion.’

Frederic Henry

84 ‘When I saw her I was in love with her.’ F on first seeing C. when he reaches Milan
85 ‘God knows I had not wanted to fall in love with her.’
152 F. talking about Rinaldi ‘He had spent two years teasing me and I had always liked it.’
174 ‘The lieutenant is an American,’ Bonello said. ‘He’ll give anybody a ride.’
178 One of the sergeant came back with a clock in his hands. ‘Put it back,’ I said.
183 F. blames himself for the ambulance being bogged. ‘It was my fault. I had led them up here.’
188 F. blames himself again for his inability to lead them and the ambulances to safety. ‘I had failed at that.’
274 ‘Good whiskey was very pleasant. It was one of the pleasant parts of life.’
191 F’s democratic values. Speaking of Aymo just shot. ‘I had liked him as well as anyone I ever knew.’
224 F. to C. ‘I feel like a criminal. I’ve deserted from the army.’
222 ‘I have been alone while I was with many girls and that is the way that you can be most lonely.’
227 When Count Greffi asks him why he joined the war. ‘I don’t know. I was a fool.’
230 ‘I felt faint with loving her so much.’
260 ‘Let’s get married now.’

Courage, Fatalism and Fear

125-126 A passage on bravery worth reading several times. F. ‘We’re both brave,’ I said. ‘And I’m very brave when I’ve had a drink.’
126 C. ‘The brave dies perhaps two thousand deaths if he’s intelligent. He simply doesn’t mention them.’
155 Rinaldi ‘Drink it down baby, and look forward to being sick.’
222 The world (life) ‘It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially.’
292 C. ‘I’m not a bit afraid. It’s just a dirty trick.’