quotes tagged with 'futility'

When I think of your Red Cross practises on boy scouts, and the grim reality, it makes one wonder. And the biggest wonder of it all is the grit there is in them, and the price they are individually and unquestioningly paying for doing their bit in this War.

Author: Anonymous, Source: Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915, 23Saved by highflyingbabe in patriotism experience knowledge death futility 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The men from Mons told us 'it wasn't fighting--it was murder.'

Author: Anonymous, Source: Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915, 13Saved by highflyingbabe in knowledge death futility 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It is absolutely maddening sitting here with no work yet, when there must be so much to be done.

Author: Anonymous, Source: Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915, 10Saved by highflyingbabe in duty responsibility futility 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

They have nowhere to go now and nothing to do. There is nothing but mud all about, and a soft fine rain coming down to make more mud-mud with a broken fragment of a nation lolling in it, hanging about waiting in it behind the shelter of a disaster that has been accomplished.

Author: Mary Borden, Source: The Forbidden Zone, 8Saved by highflyingbabe in patriotism futility 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Nothing was permanent; everyone and everything was always on the move; friendships were temporary, appointments were temporary, life itself was the most temporary of all.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 372Saved by highflyingbabe in suffering death trauma futility 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

One could not, he said, continually reflect upon the material and spiritual waste involved whenever that highly trained product, a man in the prime of life, was instantaneously killed by a stray bullet, or life at the front would be one long misery.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, Saved by highflyingbabe in experience knowledge death shield horror trauma futility helpless 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

owing to casualties at the front, and aid-raids and other troubles at home, neither life nor happiness nor peace of mind could be counted on for more than a few days at a time.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 305Saved by highflyingbabe in experience hospital futility 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

For me, as for all the world, the War was a tragedy and a vast stupidity, a waste of youth and of time; it betrayed my faith, mocked my love, and irremediably spoilt my career.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 290Saved by highflyingbabe in death youth horror futility 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I had not yet acquired the self-protective callousness of later days, and I put into the writing of my diary that evening an emotion comparable to the feeling of shock and impotent pity that had seized Roland when he found the first dead man from his platoon at the bottom of the trench.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 176Saved by highflyingbabe in writing shield futility helpless brittain 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

They sound ludicrous enough now, these rumours, these optimisms, these assurances, to us who still wonder why, in spite of all our incompetence, we managed to "win" the War. But at the time they helped us to live. I cannot, indeed, imagine how long we should have succeeded in living without them.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 163Saved by highflyingbabe in suffering experience knowledge guilt horror trauma futility 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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