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The Plague Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from The Plague
  1. #1
    “No, we should go forward, groping our way through the darkness, stumbling perhaps at times, and try to do what good lay in our power.”
  2. #2
    “They fancied themselves free, and no one will ever be free so long as there are pestilences.”
  3. #3
    “No . . . You can’t understand. You’re using the language of reason, not of the heart; you live in a world of abstractions.”
  4. #4
    “I know it’s an absurd situation, but we’re all involved in it, and we’ve got to accept it as it is.”
  5. #5
    “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.”
  6. #6
    “If there is one thing one can always yearn for and sometimes attain, it is human love.”
  1. #7
    “No longer were there individual destinies; only a collective destiny, made of plague and emotions shared by all.”
  2. #8
    “From now on it was different; they seemed at the mercy of the sky’s caprices—in other words, suffered and hoped irrationally.”
  3. #9
    “The truth is that nothing is less sensational than pestilence, and by reason of their very duration great misfortunes are monotonous.”
  4. #10
    “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.”
  5. #11
    “Thus each of us had to be content to live only for the day, alone under the vast indifference of the sky.”
  6. #12
    “What we learn in time of pestilence: that there are more things to admire in men than to despise.”

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  1. #13
    “Thus the first thing that plague brought to our town was exile.”
  2. #14
    “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.”
  3. #15
    “To fight abstraction you must have something of it in your own make-up . . . Abstraction for him was all that stood in the way of happiness.”
  4. #16
    “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.”
  5. #17
    “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.”
  6. #18
    “The habit of despair is worse than despair itself.”
  7. #19
    “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.”
  8. #20
    “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.”
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