Karl Marlantes Quotes & Sayings

19 most famous Karl Marlantes quotes and sayings (author). These are the first 10 quotes we have.

Karl Marlantes Quotes
“When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn't over for the veterans, or the family. It's just starting.”
“I knew many Marines had done brave deeds that no one saw and for which they got no medals at all. I was having a very hard time carrying those medals and didn't have the insight or maturity to know what to do with my combination of guilt and pride.”
“We all want to be special, to stand out; there's nothing wrong with this. The irony is that every human being is special to start with, because we're unique to start with. But we then go through some sort of boot camp from the age of zero to about 18 where we learn everything we can about how not to be unique.”
“I mean, if you're proud of what you've done when you've served in the military, well then we call that bragging. And if you are unhappy about what happened, we call that complaining. And so what are you going to do?”
Karl Marlantes Quotes
“'Matterhorn' is my metaphor of the Vietnam War - we built it, we abandoned it, we assaulted it, we lost, and then we abandoned it again.”
Karl Marlantes Quotes
“The Marine Corps taught me how to kill, but it didn't teach me how to deal with killing.”
“For every veteran who goes through a divorce, a wife goes through one, too. For every veteran alone in the basement, there is a wife upstairs, bewildered, isolated and in despair from the dark clouds of war that hangs over family life.”
Karl Marlantes Quotes
“I began writing 'Matterhorn' in 1975 and for more than 30 years I kept working on my novel in my spare time, unable to get an agent or publisher to even read the manuscript.”
Karl Marlantes Quotes
“I grew up in Oregon, where as a teenager I worked with my grandfather Axel on his i shing boat at the mouth of the Columbia River.”
Karl Marlantes Quotes
“War is society's dirty work, usually done by kids cleaning up failures perpetrated by adults.”

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