Posted by: Devin | March 10, 2013

War of the Worlds Quotes

I just finished reading H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds for the first time. Like always happens when I read, I was compelled to note quotes and phrases I enjoyed.
“Mars…is not only more distant from life’s beginning but nearer its end.”

“I was a battle-ground of fear and curiosity.”

“What good is religion if it collapses under calamity?”

“…he still clutched after his money…”

“The bare idea of this is no doubt horribly repulsive to us, but at the same time I think we should remember how repulsive our carnivorous habits would seem to an intelligent rabbit.”

“Those who have been under the shadow, who have gone down at last to elemental things, will have a wider clarity.”

“I felt…a persuasion that I was no longer a master, but an animal among the animals, under the Martian heel.”

“…rotted like a thing already dead.”

“If we have learned nothing else, this war has taught us pity–pity for those witless souls that suffer our dominion.”

“This isn’t a war. It never was a war, any more than there’s a war between men and ants.”

“…season-ticket train…”

“They’ll wonder what people did before there were Martians to take care of them.”

“Whenever things are so that a lot of people feel they ought to be doing something, the weak, and those who go weak with a lot of complicated thinking, always make for a do-nothing religion, very pious and superior, and submit to persecution and the will of the Lord.”

“It’s a sort of disloyalty, after all, to live and taint the race.”

“Saving the race is nothing in itself. As I say, that’s only being rats. It’s saving our knowledge and adding to it is the thing.”

“…slain, after all man’s devices had failed, by the humblest things…”

“It has robbed us of that serene confidence in the future which is the most fruitful source of decadence.”

“…the mockery of life in a galvanised body.”


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