After the terrible bloodletting on the battlefields, the fever began to die down. People looked war in the face with cooler, harder eyes than in those first months of enthusiasm, and their sense of solidarity began to weaken, since no one could see any sign of the great “moral cleansing” that philosophers and writers had so grandiloquently proclaimed.
– Stefan Zweig
The World of Yesterday
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