Just finished reading "The Class" by Erich Segal. Here are some of my favourite parts.
1-" And I've come to what I think is a profound conclusion. The Class is really not a class. I mean we are not a brotherhood-or anything at all cohesive for that matter.
In fact, the time we spent here was a kind of truce. A cease-fire in the war for fame and power. And in two more days the guns come out again."
2- " Later in the afternoon, the seperation was complete. They now divided into a thousand atoms, going off at various speeds in different directions.
Would they ever come together as a unity again?
Had they ever been one? "
3- " I had always looked at him as the exception to the rule. But now I realize that everybody pays a price for his success."
4- " For, though he had not known it-and perhaps still did not understand-he was, in human terms, the best man in The Class. "
5- " He emphasized that fear of death is universal. But what lies beneath that fear is the terror of insignificance. Of not being remembered, not counting."
6- " Quiet heroism or youthful idealism, or both? What do we know? That life without heroism and idealism is not worth living--or that either can be fatal? We are here to remember our classmates. They are not nameless. They are known. They were ours, and shall ever be."
7- " This was the beginning of the end. They had met once more and just had time enough to learn that they liked one another.
And to say goodbye."