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Doctor Bernard Rieux Quotes

12 of the best book quotes from Doctor Bernard Rieux
  1. #1
    “They fancied themselves free, and no one will ever be free so long as there are pestilences.”
  2. #2
    “No . . . You can’t understand. You’re using the language of reason, not of the heart; you live in a world of abstractions.”
  3. #3
    “We tell ourselves that pestilence is a mere bogy of the mind, a bad dream that will pass away. But it doesn’t always pass away and, from one bad dream to another, it is men who pass away.”
  4. #4
    “The truth is that nothing is less sensational than pestilence, and by reason of their very duration great misfortunes are monotonous.”
  5. #5
    “Then came the second phase of conflict, tears and pleadings—abstraction, in a word. In those fever-hot, nerve-ridden sickrooms crazy scenes took place.”
  6. #6
    “What we learn in time of pestilence: that there are more things to admire in men than to despise.”
  1. #7
    “Thus the first thing that plague brought to our town was exile.”
  2. #8
    “Hostile to the past, impatient of the present, and cheated of the future, we were much like those whom men’s justice, or hatred, forces to live behind prison bars.”
  3. #9
    “I’ve been thinking it over for years. While we loved each other we didn’t need words to make ourselves understood. But people don’t love forever. A time came when I should have found the words to keep her with me – only I couldn’t.”
  4. #10
    “A feeling normally as individual as the ache of separation from those one loves suddenly became a feeling in which all shared alike and-together with fear-the greatest affliction of the long period of exile that lay ahead.”
  5. #11
    “You must picture the consternation of our little town, hitherto so tranquil, and now, out of the blue, shaken to its core, like a quite healthy man who all of a sudden feels his temperature shoot up and the blood seething like wildfire in his veins.”
  6. #12
    “At first the fact of being cut off from the outside world was accepted with a more or less good grace, much as people would have put up with any other temporary inconvenience that interfered with only a few of their habits. But, now they had abruptly become aware that they were undergoing a sort of incarceration.”

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