Quotation by John Dos Passos

He might go far away out of the sound of the tramp of marching, away from the smell of overcrowded barracks where men slept in rows like cattle, but he would still be one of them. He would not see an officer pass without an unconscious movement of servility, he would not hear a bugle without feeling sick with hatred. If he could only express these thwarted lives, the miserable dullness of industrialized slaughter, it might have been almost worthwhile—for him; for the others, it would never be worthwhile.
John Dos Passos (1896–1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Originally published in 1922. Thoughts of John Andrews in Three Soldiers, Houghton Mifflin Company (1964).
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