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    The way I see it, when you put the uniform on, in effect you sign a contract. And you don't back out of a contract merely because you've changed your mind. You can still speak up for your principles, you can still argue against the ones you're being made to fight for, but in the end you do the job.
    — Pat Barker
    tags: fight  job  mind 
     
    Murder is only killing in the wrong place.
    — Pat Barker
    tags: murder  wrong 
     
    A society that devours its own young deserves no automatic or unquestioning allegiance.
    — Pat Barker
    tags: society  young 
     
    The result was I went nowhere.
    — Pat Barker
    Culturally, the First World War is the war that stands in for other wars.
    — Pat Barker
    tags: world  war 
     
    I don't think it's possible to c-call yourself a C-Christian and... and j-just leave out the awkward bits.' -Wilfred Owen
    — Pat Barker
    Looking straight at the world is part of your duty as a writer.
    — Pat Barker
    tags: world 
     
    Half the world's work is done by hopeless neurotics.
    — Pat Barker
    tags: work  world 
     
    We are Craiglockhart's success stories. Look at us. We don't remember, we don't feel, we don't think - at least beyond the confines of what's needed to do the job. By any proper civilized standard (but what does that mean now?) we are objects of horror. But our nerves are completely steady. And we are still alive.
    — Pat Barker
    It's the hardest thing in the world to go on being aware of someone else's pain.
    — Pat Barker
    tags: pain  world 
     
    Cut a chrysalis open, and you will find a rotting caterpillar. What you will never find is that mythical creature, half caterpillar, half butterfly, a fit emblem for the human soul, for those whose cast of mind leads them to seek such emblems. No, the process of transformation consists almost entirely of decay.
    — Pat Barker
    Fiction should be about moral dilemmas that are so bloody difficult that the author doesn't know the answer. What I hate in fiction is when the author knows better than the characters what they should do.
    — Pat Barker
    The past is a palimpsest. Early memories are always obscured by accumulations of later knowledge.
    — Pat Barker
    tags: past  memory 
     
    You know you're walking around with a mask on, and you desperately want to take it off and you can't because everybody else thinks it's your face.
    — Pat Barker
    Another person's life, observed from the outside, always has a shape and definition that one's own life lacks.
    — Pat Barker
    tags: definition 
     
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