For Whom the Bell Tolls
How we cite our quotes:
It's wonderful they've got away. I don't mind this at all now they are away. It is sort of the way I said. It really is very much that way. Look how different it would be if they were all scattered out across that hill where that gray horse is. (43.384)
Robert Jordan own death is made much easier to accept because his friends escaped. This in part because, by dying, he's helping them escape, so he can give his death a purpose. But there's something deeper: he feels that, so long as they live, a part of him will survive as well. That's "what he said" (to Maria), in case you're wondering.