[Quotes] A Farewell To Arms

A Farewell to Arms is a novel by Ernest Hemingway set during the Italian campaign of World War I. First published in 1929, it is a first-person account of an American, Frederic Henry, serving as a lieutenant (“tenente”) in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army. The title is taken from a poem by the 16th-century English dramatist George Peele. The novel, set against the backdrop of World War I, describes a love affair between the expatriate Henry and an English nurse, Catherine Barkley. The book became his first best-seller, and has been called “the premier American war novel from that debacle World War I.”

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Let’s review the profound and though-provoking quotes from the novel.

“Once in camp I put a log on a fire and it was full of ants. As it commenced to burn, the ants swarmed out and went first toward the center where the fire was; then turned back and ran toward the end.”

“What you tell me about in the nights. That is not love. That is only passion and lust. When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.” 

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“Cowards die a thousand deaths, but the brave only die once.” 

“I don’t want to be your friend, baby. I am your friend.” 

“I kissed her neck and shoulders. I felt faint with loving her so much.”

“I have noticed that doctors who fail in the practice of medicine have a tendency to seek one another’s company and aid in consultation.

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“But life isn’t hard to manage when you’ve nothing to lose.” 

“No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.” 

“I’m not unfaithful, darling. I’ve plenty of faults but I’m very faithful. You’ll be sick of me I’ll be so faithful.” 

Time to learn some words and phrases.

“Once in camp I put a log on a fire and it was full of ants. As it commenced to burn, the ants swarmed out and went first toward the center where the fire was; then turned back and ran toward the end.”

1. commence: to begin to happen; to begin sth

  • The meeting is scheduled to commence at noon.
  • She commenced her medical career in 1955.

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“What you tell me about in the nights. That is not love. That is only passion and lust. When you love you wish to do things for. You wish to sacrifice for. You wish to serve.” 

2. sacrifice: to give up sth that is important or valuable to you in order to get or do sth that seems more important for yourself or for another person

  • She sacrificed everything for her children.
  • Whenever if you have an aim you must sacrifice something of freedom to attain it.

“I have noticed that doctors who fail in the practice of medicine have a tendency to seek one another’s company and aid in consultation.

3. tendency: an inclination towards a particular characteristic or type of behavior

  • I have a tendency to talk too much when I’m nervous.
  • There is a tendency for this disease to run in families.

Please write down your own sentences by using one of the words above, and leave your comments down below. I’m looking forward to your answers!

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