Stephen Crane Quotes

You cannot choose your battlefield, God does that for you; But you can plant a standard Where a standard never flew.

At times he regarded the wounded soldiers in an envious way. He conceived persons with torn bodies to be peculiarly happy. He wished that he, too, had a wound, a red badge of courage.

I was a Socialist for two weeks but when a couple of Socialists assured me I had no right to think differently from any other Socialist and then quarrelled with each other about what Socialism meant, I ran away.

There was a man with a tongue of wood who essayed to sing, and in truth it was lamentable. But there was one who heard the clip-clapper of this tongue of wood and knew what the man wished to sing, and with that the singer was content.

Every sin is the result of collaboration.

Indifference is a militant thing… when it goes away it leaves smoking ruins, where lie citizens bayonetted through the throat. It is not a children’s pastime like mere highway robbery.

I stood upon a high place, and saw, below, many devils running, leaping, and carousing in sin. One looked up, grinning, and said, “Comrade! Brother!”

A man feared that he might find an assassin; Another that he might find a victim. One was more wise than the other.