->''We begin in the year 2293, and the apocalypse has come and gone. [[Film/MadMax The Australians are wasting fossil fuels,]] [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar the Japanese are punching people a lot,]] [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} the Americans are taking potshots at mutants with portable nukes,]] and the British are doing... this.''
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Kyle "Oancitizen" Kallgren]]''' on ''Film/{{Zardoz}}''

->''"It's all over and I'm standin' pretty\\
In this dust that was a city\\
If I could find a souvenir\\
Just to prove the world was here"''
-->-- '''Nena''', "99 Red Balloons"

->''"Oh we're so tired\\
Watching the world expire\\
Time that we retire\\
Up in [[RuinsOfTheModernAge cathedral spires]]"''.
-->-- "Cathedral Spires" by '''Music/JudasPriest'''

->''"The once green earth\\
Is scattered with horror and gray\\
No winners, just losers\\
Who die with a few months delay"''
-->-- "Straight to Hell" by '''Music/RunningWild'''

->''"The war is over\\
The crypt we now taste\\
In the late 1900's, there is no human race\\
We split the planet with atomic birth\\
Man has died\\
We seal the urn"''
-->-- "Beyond The Black" by '''Music/MetalChurch'''

->''"Not one will know of the war, not one\\
Will care at last when it is done.\\
Not one would care, neither bird nor tree\\
If mankind perished utterly.\\
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,\\
Would scarcely know that we were gone"''
-->-- '''Sara Teasdale''', "There Will Come Soft Rains"

->''"Termination (termination)\\
Expiration (expiration)\\
Cancellation (cancellation): Human Race\\
Expectation (expectation)\\
Liberation (liberation)\\
Population (population) laid to waste\\
See our mother\\
Put to death\\
See our mother die\\
Smouldering decay\\
Take her breath away\\
Millions of our years\\
In moments dissapear"''
-->-- '''Music/{{Metallica}}''', "Blackened"

->''"Quiet now\\
Will we [[FuturePrimitive gather to conjure the rain down?]]\\
Or will we now\\
[[UndergroundCity Build a civilization below ground?]]\\
And I'll be crowned [[DisasterScavengers the community]] [[ButtMonkey kick-it-around]]"''
-->-- '''Music/TheDecemberists''', "Calamity Song"

->''"Learn by heart this poem of mine\\
so, dead, I still will share the time\\
when you cannot endure a house\\
deprived of water, light, or gas,\\
and, stumbling out to find a cave,\\
roots, berries, nuts to stay alive,\\
get you a cudgel, find a well,\\
a bit of land, and, if it's held,\\
kill the owner, eat the corpse.\\
I'll trudge beside your faltering steps\\
between the ruins' broken stones,\\
whispering 'You are dead; you're done!\\
Where would you go? That soul you own\\
froze solid when you left your town.'\\
Learn by heart this poem of mine."''
-->-- '''György Faludy''', ''Learn by Heart This Poem of Mine''

->''They called it The Last War. Not because it was the last war that was fought, but because it was the last one that would '''ever''' be fought. It began over the usual shit, but this time the men in the fancy hats didn't know when to put their toys away. When it was over, it was over for '''good'''. The lakes were sand, the fields were ash and the cities were all cemeteries. Humanity was a cloud of dust blowing over everything it had built. Senators and their speeches, priests and their bibles... all they were now was soot that floated in the air and clogged in your nostrils. [[DisasterScavengers Cockroaches inherited the earth and mankind's survivors learned their ways.]] No law, faith, or creed would ever unite men again. There was nothing left to come together over, nothing left worth having. Of course, there was still plenty left to fight about.''
-->-- The opening for ''Webcomic/WeaponBrown''

-> ''Four hundred centuries have passed since man stepped out into the cold depths of space. Forty thousand years. An age so long that that its history lies shrouded in legend. Who knows how Mankind came to be scattered across a million disparate worlds? Who remembers the wars that tore ancient Earth asunder and dragged man down to the level of brute beasts? Who could recognise the names of Earth's ancient ruins, of nations destroyed and peoples long since crumbled to dust? To these questions, there can be no answers. From these times there come only whispers of horror and death.''
-->-- ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''

-> ''"A long, long time ago, there weren't any monsters. People used to live in one place and never move. They worked in small rooms and slept in small rooms and only went outside to move between the rooms. We know this because sometimes we find books and papers in the ruins."''
-->-- '''Clorian''', ''Webcomic/AMomentOfPeace''

%% One quote per page. I would suggest that the UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein quote is not the one to use as that single quote: it gives a somewhat misleading impression. Works set AfterTheEnd are not necessarily restricted to primitive technology: consider ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' -- set AfterTheEnd, but high tech is present in places.
->"''[[TechMarchesOn I do not know]] with what weapons WorldWarIII will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with [[ScavengerWorld sticks and stones]].''"
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein'''

-> ''The explosion that destroyed our city''
-> ''Razed our home, transformed our fields into wasteland''
-> ''Was nothing compare to what was now happening''
-> ''To those who survived''
-->-- '''65 Days of Static''', "Another Code Against the Gone"

->"'ThouShaltNotKill... And ye Shalt build up the old wastes...' Sounds like a [[Literature/TheBible mighty good book o' rules.]] [[TooDumbToLive Too bad they didn't listen...]]"
-->-- '''Grandpa Squirrel''' ("They" being [[HumanitysWake humans]]), ''WesternAnimation/PeaceOnEarth''

->''Oh, Gamesverse. So many collapses. They're standing on the shoulders of so many giants that their heads are brushing the upper atmosphere. Or would be, had most of the giants not tripped one another up, stabbed each other in the kidney and generally fallen over in various different ways, in ages past. So what they're really standing on is a pile of giants' skeletons, some of which have still-spiky bits of ribcage and femur sticking out to gore whoever's currently on top in the ankle.''
-->-- '''Aleph''', author of ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic''

->"''It was not, as some had predicted, {{the end of the world|AsWeKnowIt}}. Instead, the apocalypse was [[FromBadToWorse simply the prologue]] to another bloody chapter in human history.''"
-->-- '''Creator/RonPerlman''', ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' intro monologue.

->''"There's a certain liberty in hopelessness, isn't there? 'Cause things can't get 10'''1'''% fucked."''
-->--'''''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''''' on ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''

->'''Cathy:''' Does the future ''always'' have to be post-apocalyptic?
->'''Dewey:''' No, but it helps.
-->-- ''Webcomic/{{Unshelved}}'', [[http://www.unshelved.com/archive.aspx?strip=20081123 2008 Nov. 23]] review of ''Shade's Children'' by Garth Nix

->''The desert was the apotheosis of all deserts, huge, standing to the sky for what might have been parsecs in all directions. White; blinding; waterless; without feature save for the faint, cloudy haze of the mountains which sketched themselves on the horizon and the devil-grass which brought sweet dreams, nightmares, death. An occasional tombstone sign pointed the way, for once the drifted track that cut its way through the thick crust of alkali had been a highway and coaches had followed it. The world had moved on since then. The world had emptied.''
-->-- ''Literature/TheGunslinger'', book one of ''Literature/TheDarkTower''

->''I travelled across the world from the ruins of New York to the fusion mills of China, right across the radiation pits of Europe; and everywhere I went I saw people just like you, living as slaves.''
-->-- '''Martha Jones''', ''Series/DoctorWho'', "Last of the Time Lords"

->I'll try and continue this emergency broadcast for as long as we can hold out here. The city is almost completely deserted now. There are only a few stragglers left on the streets. There are no emergency services, the fires continue to burn out of control. This incredible [[HatePlague epidemic of random mass killing]] has spread to every country in the civilized world. Every hour, more people are becoming infected, being driven to senseless acts of extreme violence. We have gotten reports - sketchy at best - of people... [[BodyHorror mutating, their bodies swelling and distorting]]. ''Changing'', somehow. Locally, the mass killings appear to have moved inland. All the major cities on the East Coast are silent. We lost contact with Los Angeles and the West Coast last night, so it's impossible at this time to know how many unaffected people are left. If for any reason you are one of us who hasn't become infected, take shelter immediately. Do not trust any friends or family members. I repeat: [[KilledMidSentence do not tru-]]
-->--'''Emergency Radio Broadcast,''' ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness''