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    Chickenshit refers to behavior that makes military life worse than it need be: petty harassment of the weak by the strong; open scrimmage for power and authority and prestige; sadism thinly disguised as necessary discipline; a constant 'paying off of old scores'; and insistence on the letter rather than the spirit of ordinances.
    — Paul Fussell
    Exploration belongs to the Renaissance, travel to the bourgeois age, tourism to our proletarian moment.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: travel  age  moment 
     
    Today the Somme is a peaceful but sullen place, unforgetting and unforgiving. ... To wander now over the fields destined to extrude their rusty metal fragments for centuries is to appreciate in the most intimate way the permanent reverberations of July, 1916. When the air is damp you can smell rusted iron everywhere, even though you see only wheat and barley.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: appreciate 
     
    The wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: time  wise  learn  success 
     
    What someone doesn't want you to publish is journalism; all else is publicity.
    — Paul Fussell
    To get home you had to end the war. To end the war was the reason you fought it. The only reason.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: war 
     
    The worst thing about war was the sitting around and wondering what you were doing morally.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: war 
     
    I find nothing more depressing than optimism.
    — Paul Fussell
    Travelers learn not just foreign customs and curious cuisines and unfamiliar beliefs and novel forms of government. They learn, if they are lucky, humility.
    — Paul Fussell
    Anyone telling about his travels must be a liar, . . . for if a traveler doesn't visit his narrative with the spirit and techniques of fiction, no one will want to hear it.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: travel  fiction  spirit  liar 
     
    Before the development of tourism, travel was conceived to be like study, and it's fruits were considered to be the adornment of the mind and the formation of the judgment.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: travel  development  mind 
     
    I am working on a book urging the beating to death of baby whales using the dead bodies of baby seals.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: death  body  book 
     
    Americans are the only people in the world known to me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.
    — Paul Fussell
    If we do not redefine manhood, war is inevitable.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: war  manhood 
     
    Wars damage the civilian society as much as they damage the enemy. Soldiers never get over it.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: enemies  society  enemy  war 
     
    A more or less accurate measure of class in America is TV size: the bigger your TV, the lower your class.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: america 
     
    If I didn't have writing, I'd be running down the street hurling grenades in people's faces.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: running  writing 
     
    The middles cleave to euphemisms not just because they're an aid in avoiding facts. They like them also because they assist their social yearnings towards pomposity. This is possible because most euphemisms permit the speaker to multiply syllables, and the middle class confuses sheer numerousness with weight and value.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: value  facts 
     
    "Those who fought know a secret about themselves, and it is not very nice." ... They have experienced secretly and privately their natural human impulse toward sadism and brutality... Not merely did I learn to kill with a noose of piano wire put around somebody's neck from behind, but I learned to enjoy the prospect of killing that way.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: secret  human  learn 
     
    Chickenshit can be recognized instantly because it never has anything to do with winning the war.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: winning  war 
     
    Every war is ironic because every war is worse than expected. Every war constitutes an irony of situation because its means are so melodramatically disproportionate to its presumed ends.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: irony  war 
     
    If truth is the main casualty in war, ambiguity is another.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: truth  war 
     
    All the pathos and irony of leaving one's youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: travel  youth  moment  irony 
     
    The simple is carefully shunned by those who labour to seem what they would be.
    — Paul Fussell
    So many bright futures consigned to the ashes of the past.So many dreams lost in the madness that had engulfed us.Except for a few widely scattered shouts of joy,the survivors of the abyss sat hollow-eyed and silent, trying to comprehend a world without war.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: future  world  madness  lost  war  dreams 
     
    Things without defense: insects, kittens, small boys.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: boys 
     
    There is no Apocalypse.
    — Paul Fussell
    If the term discussion has always seemed to me to imply mild warnings of wasted time, workshop sets off a clangorous alarm.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: time 
     
    A guide book is addressed to those who plan to follow the traveler, doing what he has done, but more selectively. A travel book, in its purest, is addressed to those who do not plan to follow the traveler at all, but who require the exotic or comic anomalies, wonders and scandals of the literary form romance which their own place or time cannot entirely supply.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: time  travel  wonder  book  romance 
     
    If the guidebook used to be critical, today it seems largely a celebratory adjunct to the publicity operations of hotels, resorts, and even countries.
    — Paul Fussell
    Irony is the attendant of hope and the fuel of hope is innocence.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: irony  innocence  hope 
     
    The more violent the body contact of the sports you watch, the lower the class.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: body  violent 
     
    Understanding the past requires pretending that you don't know the present.
    — Paul Fussell
    The balls used in top class games are generally smaller than those used in others.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: games 
     
    Travel at its truest is thus an ironic experience.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: travel  experience 
     
    The past is not the present: pretending it is corrupts art and thus both rots the mind and shrivels the imagination and conscience.
    — Paul Fussell
    Tourism requires that you see conventional things, and that you see them in a conventional way.
    — Paul Fussell
    Travel sharpens the senses. Abroad one feels, sees and hears things in an abnormal way.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: travel 
     
    Anybody who notices unpleasant facts in the have-a-nice-day world we live in is going to be designated a curmudgeon.
    — Paul Fussell
    tags: live  world  facts 
     
    Most people who seek attention and regard by announcing that they're writing a novel are actually so devoid of narrative talent that they can't hold the attention of a dinner table for thirty seconds, even with a dirty joke.
    — Paul Fussell
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