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'A Farewell to Arms' Quotes

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  • "Anger was washed away in the river along with any obligation."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 32

  • "it is now hard to leave the country but it is in no way impossible."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 33

  • "I know what sort of a mess you have gotten this girl into, you're no cheerful sight to me."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 34

  • "If you had any shame it would be different. But you're God knows how many months gone with child and you think it's a joke and are all smiles because your seducer's come back. You've no shame and no feelings."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 34

  • "Often a man wishes to be alone and a girl wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others. It has only happened to me like that once."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 34

  • "I saw her white back as she took off her night-gown and then I looked away because she wanted me to. She was beginning to be a little big with the child and she did not want me to see her. I dressed hearing the rain on the windows. I did not have much to put in my bag."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 36

  • "I rowed all night. Finally my hands were so sore I could hardly close them over the oars. We were nearly smashed up on the shore several times. I kept fairly close to the shore because I was afraid of getting lost on the lake and losing time."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 37

  • "At Locarno we did not have a bad time. They questioned us but they were polite because we had passports and money. I do not think they believed a word of the story and I thought it was silly but it was like a law-court. You did not want something reasonable, you wanted something technical and then stuck to it without explanations. But we had passports and we would spend the money. So they gave us provisional visas."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 37

  • "The war seemed as far away as the football games of someone else's college. But I knew from the papers that they were still fighting in the mountains because the snow would not come."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 38

  • "She makes little trouble. The doctor says beer will be good for me and keep her small."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 38

  • "I do. I wish I'd had it to be like you. I wish I'd stayed with all your girls so we could make fun of them to you."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 38

  • "When there was a good day we had a splendid time and we never had a bad time. We knew the baby was very close now and it gave us both a feeling as though something were hurrying us and we could not lose any time together."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 40

  • "'I will eat from a tray in the next room,' the doctor said, 'You can call me any moment.' While the time passed I watched him eat, then, after a while, I saw that he was lying down and smoking a cigarette. Catherine was getting very tired."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 41

  • "I thought Catherine was dead. She looked dead. Her face was gray, the part of it that I could see. Down below, under the light, the doctor was sewing up the great long, forcep-spread, thick-edged wound."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 41

  • "I sat down on the chair in front of a table where there were nurses' reports hung on clips at the side and looked out of the window. I could see nothing but the dark and the rain falling across the light from the windows. So that was it. The baby was dead."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 41

  • "It seems she had one hemorrhage after another. They couldn't stop it. I went into the room and stayed with Catherine until she died. She was unconscious all the time, and it did not take her very long to die."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 41

  • "But after I got them to leave and shut the door and turned off the light it wasn't any good. It was like saying good-by to a statue. After a while I went out and left the hospital and walked back to the hotel in the rain."
    - Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Chapter 41

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