World War Z
by Max Brooks
Man & the Natural World Quotes in World War Z
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Part.Paragraph)
Winters were hard. Remember how long they used to be? Helping people to help themselves is great in theory, but you still gotta keep'em alive. (6.5.19)
Ah, winter, what a mild inconvenience you are with your frosty car windows, sidewalks in need of a good salting, and sky-high electric bills. But without our technological marvels, winter would be less of a nuisance and more of a life-threatening event.
You should have seen some of the "careers" listed on our first employment census; everyone was some version of an "executive," a "representative," an "analyst," or a "consultant," all perfectly suited to the prewar world, but all totally inadequate for the present crisis. We need carpenters, masons, machinists, gunsmiths. (6.1.5)
As we mentioned before, you have to consider survival in terms of both the natural world and man's world in World War Z. Some skills transfer between the two, others…eh, not so much.
That hit me hard, a lot harder than the little faceless kid. This guy had had everything he needed to survive, everything except the will. (6.5.57)
Another example of the willpower needed to survive the natural world. The problem here isn't that the guy couldn't survive—it's that he didn't want to.