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Kevin Powers Quotes

We were not destined to survive. The fact is, we were not destined at all.
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There is a sharp distinction between what is remembered, what is told and what is true.

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All pain is the same. Only the details are different.

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Freedom is not the same as lack of accountability.

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But I remember being told that the truth does not depend on being believed.

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To understand the world, one's place in it, is to be always at the risk of drowning.

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The war tried to kill us in the spring. As grass greened the plains of Nineveh and the weather warmed, we patrolled the low-slung hills beyond the cities and towns. We moved over them and through the tall grass on faith, kneading paths into the windswept growth like pioneers. While we slept, the war rubbed its thousand ribs against the ground in prayer.

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The war came to me in my dreams and showed me its sole purpose: to go on, only to go on.

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There was no center to the world. The curves of all our bells are cracked.

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A report had asked us what combat felt like ... It's like a car accident. You know? That instant between knowing that it's gonna happen and actually slamming into the other car. Feels pretty helpless actually, like you've been riding along same as always, then it's there staring you in the face and you don't have the power to do shit about it

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The male role models I had all seemed to have been in the military. My father served in the army. My uncle was in the Marine Corps. Both of my grandfathers served in WWII. There weren't any career soldiers in my family, but when I was young it seemed like a way of arriving at adulthood.

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As human beings, we have the blessing and the curse that we're able to adapt to almost anything. No matter how extreme the circumstances you're in, they become normal.

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I'm always most interested in writing about things that I don't understand.

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I would only sit muttering with envy for their broad umbrellas, their dryness, and the sweet, unwounded banality of their lives.

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I'm not even sure he would have realized he was permitted to have his own desires and preferences. That it would have been okay for him to have a favorite place, to walk with satisfaction down the long straight boulevards of whatever post he may have gone to next, to admire the uniformity of the grass, green and neatly shorn beneath a blue, limitless sky, to bury himself in a sandy shallow of some clear cold stream and let the water wash over the pitted skin of his scarred body. I don't know what his favorite place would have been like, because I don't believe he would have let himself have one. He would have waited for one to be assigned to him. That's the way he was ... Everything he'd done had been a response to a preexisting expectation.

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I feel like I'm being eaten from the inside out and I can't tell anyone what's going on ...

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I smelled the clean house
and the wood-frame bed. It was all filler. The noise, the sound, they existed
just to take up space. My muscles flexed into the emptiness I still called home.

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Minutes ticked into the past.

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