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    At the touch of mankind, things wear away with heartbreaking slowness.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: mankind 
     
    Two armies that fight each other is like one large army that commits suicide.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: suicide  fight 
     
    We have the divinity of our great misery. And our solitude, with its toilsome ideas, tears and laughter, is fatally divine.
    — Henri Barbusse
    Let everything be remade on simple lines. There is only one people, there is only one people!
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: people 
     
    People are machines of forgetfulness
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: people  machine 
     
    Two armies at death-grips - that is one great army committing suicide.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: suicide 
     
    I believe that around us there is only one word on all sides, one immense word which reveals our solitude and extinguishes our radiance: Nothing! I believe that that word does not point to our insignificance or our unhappiness, but on the contrary to our fulfillment and our divinity, since everything is in ourselves.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: believe  solitude 
     
    It is not a woman I want - it is all women.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: women 
     
    There is no hell, no inferno except the frenzy of living.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: living  hell 
     
    How I waited for you! How I longed for you! he stammered. "I thought of you all the time. I saw you all the time. Your smile was everywhere." He lowered his voice and added, "Sometimes when people were talking commonplaces and your name happened to be mentioned, It would go through my heart like an electric current.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: time  people  heart  thoughts  smile 
     
    There are cloudy moments when one asks himself if men do not deserve all the disasters into which they rush! No - I recover myself - they do not deserve them. But we, instead of saying "I wish" must say "I will." And what we will, we must will to build it, with order, with method, beginning at the beginning, when once we have been as far as that beginning. We must not only open our eyes, but our arms, our wings.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: men  moment  eyes  saying  wings 
     
    I believe, in spite of all, in truth's victory. I believe in the momentous value, hereafter inviolable, of those few truly fraternal men in all the countries of the world, who, in the oscillation of national egoisms let loose, stand up and stand out, steadfast as the glorious statues of Right and Duty.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: truth  men  world  believe  value  right  victory 
     
    The woman from the depths of her rags, a waif, a martyr - smiled. She must have a divine heart to be so tired and yet smile.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: women  heart  smile  divine 
     
    I see too deep and too much.
    — Henri Barbusse
    whatever our ignorance left to itself, and whatever the wounds that other human beings are, we ought to study ourselves with a sort of devotion.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: human  ignorance 
     
    All lovers in the world are alike: they fall in love by chance; they see each other, and are attached to each other by the features of their faces; they illuminate each other by the fierce preference which is akin to madness; they assert the reality of illusions; and for a moment they change falsehood into truth.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: truth  reality  world  moment  lover 
     
    Yes, there is a Divinity, one from which we must never turn aside for the guidance of our huge inward life and of the share we have as well in the life of all men. It is called the truth.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: truth  men  shares 
     
    Stop war? Impossible! There is no cure for the world's disease.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: world 
     
    I am more sensitive than other people. Things that other people would not notice awaken a distinct echo in me, and in such moments of lucidity, when I look at myself, I see that I am alone, all alone, all alone.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: people  alone  moment 
     
    It was suicide. Others killed themselves with poison or with a revolver. I killed myself with minutes and hours.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: suicide 
     
    I keep remembering - I keep remembering. My heart has no pity on me.
    — Henri Barbusse
    tags: heart 
     
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