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Important Quotes for Final: A Separate Peace

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Everyone had a moment in history, which belongs particularly to him. For me, this moment was the war.
Gene
"I don't really believe we bombed Central Europe, do you?"
Finny
"If a war can drive somebody crazy, then it's real alright. Oh I guess I always knew, but I didn't have to admit it."
Finny
"They moved like an engine...in this engine first one piston sinks, then the next one sinks"
Leper
"You wouldn't be any good in the war, even if nothing had happened to your leg."
Gene
"You want to serve, that's all. It's your greatest moment, greatest privilege, to serve your country."
Mr. Hadley (Brinker's dad)
I never killed anyone and I never developed an intense hatred for the enemy.
Gene
"Well I know and I'll tell you what it is. It's Finny. You pity him."
Brinker
"You always were a savage underneath."
Leper
"An operating room is a place where the risks are just more formal than in other places"
Dr. Stanpole
Now I knew that there never was and never could have been any rivalry between us. I was not of the same quality as he.
Gene
"Listen, pal, if I can't play sports, you're going to play them for me"
Finny
Nothing endures, not a tree, not love, not even a death by violence.
Gene
"Naturally I don't believe books and I don't believe teachers, but I do believe-it's important for me to believe you."
Finny
"I didn't know you needed to study. I didn't think you ever did. I thought it just came to you."
Finny