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World War Z

World War Z


by Max Brooks

Education Quotes in World War Z

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Part.Paragraph)

Quote #1

My father was a simple man, a day laborer. I can't blame him for his lack of formal education, his dream of a better life for his family. And so we settled in Khayelitsha, one of the four main townships outside of Cape Town. It was a life of grinding, hopeless, humiliating poverty. It was my childhood. (2.5.2)

The zombie threat can symbolize many worldwide problems. Here, we see that lack of knowledge can be just as deadly as rabies.

Quote #2

[…], how [Yonkers] proved the old adage that armies perfect the art of fighting the last war just in time for the next one. Personally, I think that's a big 'ole sack of it. Sure, we were unprepared, our tools, our training, everything I just talked about, all one class-A, gold-standard clusterfuck, but the weapon that really failed wasn't something that rolled of an assembly line. It's as old as… (4.7.56)

The problem with Yonkers isn't that the military only applied the lessons from the last war. The problem is they forgot to go back to the basics. You need to remember the basics whether you're starting trigonometry or engaged in a war of zombicide.

Quote #3

[My father] was so caught up in the Great Panic. He told us it would be like an extended camping trip. We'd live on moose-burgers and wild berry desserts. He promised to teach me how to fish and asked what I wanted to name my pet rabbit when I caught it. He'd lived in Waukesha his whole life. He'd never been camping. (5.4.6)

Let's face it most of us have no idea how to survive in a world without the Internet or refrigerators. We don't care how many episodes of Man vs. Wild you've seen; until you've actually field-dressed your own moose, you haven't earned your survivalist badge.

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