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World War Z

World War Z

by Max Brooks

Fear Quotes

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Quote #7

[…] the weapon that really failed wasn't something that rolled off an assembly line. It's as old as… I don't know, I guess as old as war. It's fear, dude, just fear and you don't have to be Sun freakin Tzu to know that real fighting isn't about killing or even hurting the other guy, it's about scaring him enough to call it a day. (4.7.56)

The truly scary thing about zombies is their inability to feel fear. Any other animal, including humans, have the ability to fear. But zombies only feel a deep-pitted, ravenous hunger for humans and their brains. They're not even fearful that one day they'll run out of brain snacks.

Quote #8

You can't blame anyone else, not the plan's architect, not your commanding officer, no one but yourself. You have to make your own choices and live every agonizing day with the consequences of those choices. [General Lang] knew this. That's why he deserted us like we deserted those civilians. (5.2.25)

Fear of consequences is yet another type of fear explored in World War Z. The characters linked to the military have to consider this fear often in the novel.

Quote #9

Maybe we owe our survival to [North Korea], or at least to the fear of it. (7.3.14)

Can fear be a good thing? If it helps you prepare for the unexpected, then it seems so. What qualifies as unexpected? How about a worldwide zombie crisis?

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