[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]

->"Someday this war's gonna end". That'd be just fine with the boys on the boat. They weren't looking for anything more than a way home. Trouble is, I'd been back there, and I knew that it just didn't exist anymore.
-->-- '''Willard''', ''Film/ApocalypseNow''

->[[StrangerInAFamiliarLand How do you pick up the threads of an old life?]] How do you go on when in your heart, you begin to understand... there ''is'' no going back? There are [[BreakTheCutie some things]] that time cannot mend... some hurts that go too deep... that have taken hold.
-->-- '''Frodo Baggins''', ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]''

->NOTHING is "over". Nothing. [[TheRemnant You just don't "turn it off."]] It wasn't ''my'' war. You asked me, I didn't ask you.
-->-- '''[[{{Franchise/Rambo}} John Rambo]]''' to Col. Trautman, ''Film/FirstBlood''

->There was a time I could see. And I ''have'' seen... boys like these - ''younger'' even - their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there is ''nothing'' like [[DespairEventHorizon the sight of an amputated spirit]]. There is no prosthetic for that.
-->-- '''Colonel Slade''', ''Film/ScentOfAWoman''

->'''Silver Fox:''' Was it the war?\\
'''[[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} Logan]]:''' Yes.\\
'''Silver Fox:''' Which one?\\
'''Logan:''' [[OlderThanTheyLook All of them.]]
-->-- ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''



->We are not youth any longer. We don't want to take the world by storm. We are fleeing. We fly from ourselves. From our life. We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. The first bomb, the first explosion, burst in our hearts. We are cut off from activity, from striving, from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in the war.
-->-- '''Paul Bäumer''', ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront''

->Black dice... You've been out in the field too long... that's what black dice means. Means the luck of the draw has run out on him. A guy with experience that can see death in another man's eyes. Yeah, the next time the dice of chance roll, they'll roll up black. Death.
-->-- ''Literature/TheExecutioner'' #98: "Black Dice"

->You know, it strikes me as the most extraordinary irony that you managed to come through [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo the war]] with flying colours but seem to find the peace so utterly defeating.
-->-- '''Joanna Burton''' describing her brother Jerry, ''[[Literature/MissMarple Marple: The Moving Finger]]''

->I wasn't battle-happy, or mentally scarred, or hung up with guilt, nor did patrols of miniature Japanese brew up under my bed (as happened to one of my section whenever we came out of the line; we used to tell him to take his kukri to them, and when he had done so to his satisfaction, swearing and carving the air, we all went back to sleep again, him included).
-->-- '''Lieutenant Dand [=MacNeill=]''', ''Literature/McAuslan''

->It's so much worse than you think, Rose. The things that happen over there, the state of things in the trenches, and having to guard my unit at all hours? I changed, I got fit, I changed the way I think, how I sleep and eat, so I can be on guard, always watching for [[{{Ghostapo}} tricks.]] For rats that are a little too smart, or phantoms that would whisper panic into men’s ears while they sleep? For ghouls that... well, they pretend to be soldiers that die like anyone might, but when you let your guard down and search the body, they bite you and get a hungry kind of death into the wound?
-->-- '''Aimon Behaim''', ''Literature/{{Pact}}''

->War seems a fine adventure, the greatest most of them will ever know. Then they get a taste of battle. For some, that one taste is enough to break them. Others go on for years, until they lose count of all the battles they have fought in, but even a man who has survived a hundred fights can break in his hundred-and-first. [...] All thought of home is gone by then, and kings and lords and gods mean less to him than a haunch of spoiled meat that will let him live another day, or a skin of bad wine that might drown his fear for a few hours. [[DangerousDeserter The broken man]] lives from day to day, from meal to meal, more beast than man. Lady Brienne is not wrong. In times like these, the traveler must beware of broken men, and fear them... but he should pity them as well.
-->-- '''Septon Meribald''', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''

->Just about everyone comes to this crossroad. Some get seventy years, some only get fifteen. Enough time to grow, to take stock of who you are. Enough time to do things you’ll regret when you run out of time.
-->-- '''[[spoiler:Contessa]]''', ''Literature/{{Worm}}''

->'''[[spoiler:Taylor]]''': It's about regret, [[TheseHandsHaveKilled and coming to terms with it all.]]\\
'''[[spoiler:Annette]]''': You're only eighteen. Why are you worrying about something like that at this stage?\\
'''[[spoiler:Taylor]]''': Because I’m done. My life is over, for all intents and purposes. No matter how hard I try from here on out, [[BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu I'll never do anything one ten–thousandth as important as what I was doing before.]]
-->-- ''Literature/{{Worm}}''


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]

->The war gave them definition, direction, purpose. Without it, they don't know how to fit in anymore. So they keep looking for ways to go out in a blaze of glory. Some people call that being a hero. Maybe so. I don't know. I've never been one. Me? I think they're looking for something worth dying for because it's easier than finding something worth living for.
-->-- '''Garibaldi''', ''Series/BabylonFive'', "Infection"

->'''Corp. John Russell:''' This medal? I got it when [[MedalOfDishonor I lost my five best friends in a firefight.]] AK-47 rounds. [[SurvivorsGuilt I don't know why I survived.]]\\
'''Det. Danny Reagan:''' Maybe you survived 'cause you were meant to get back to your family.\\
'''Russell''': No. No, it's 'cause I was quick. You know that drill? (''at attention'') WHAT ARE [[ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld THE TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD]], SOLDIER?!\\
'''Danny:''' John, you've got to leave that behind, man...\\
'''Danny:''' John, look at me. John. It's time to come home, man.\\
'''Russell:''' I don't want to be quick anymore. (''leaps to his death'')
-->-- ''Series/BlueBloods'', "Unfinished Business"

->When does it stop - the ringing in your ears?
-->-- '''Annie Walker''', ''Series/CovertAffairs''

->I'm so old now. I used to have so much mercy.
-->-- '''The Tenth Doctor''', ''Series/DoctorWho''

->There's no place I can be\\
Since I found Serenity...
-->-- [[ThematicThemeTune "The Ballad of Serenity"]], ''Series/{{Firefly}}''

->'''Simon:''' If that battle was so horrible, why'd he name the ship after it?\\
'''Zoe:''' Once you've been to Serenity, you never leave. You just learn to live there.
-->-- ''Series/{{Firefly}}''

->I'm sorry about your friend Mark. But I think that most of him died somewhere in Kandahar.
-->-- '''[[SociopathicSoldier Colton]] [[ProfessionalKiller Rhodes]]''', ''Series/{{Justified}}''

->'''Rufus:''' Folks like us, there ain't no happy ending. We all got it coming.\\
'''Dean:''' Well ain't you a bucket of sunshine.\\
'''Rufus:''' I'm what you've got to look forward to if you survive.
-->-- ''{{Series/Supernatural}}''



->And so I sit here at this [[DrowningMySorrows bar]] \\
I'm not a hero, I'm not a movie star \\
I've got my beer, I've got my stories to tell \\
But they won't tell you what it's like in [[WarIsHell hell]] \\
Red flowers bursting down below us \\
Those people didn't even know us \\
We didn't know if we would live or die, \\
We didn't know if it was wrong or right \\
We didn't know if we would live or die, \\
I bombed Korea every night
-->-- '''Music/{{Cake}}''', "I Bombed Korea"

->And can you tell me, doctor, why I still can't get to sleep?\\
And night time's just a jungle dark and a barking M16?\\
And what's this rash that comes and goes, can you tell me what it means?\\
God help me, I was only nineteen.
-->-- '''Redgum''', "I Was Only 19 (A Walk In The Light Green)"



->These are men whose minds the Dead have ravished.\\
Memory fingers in their hair of murders,\\
Multitudinous murders they once witnessed.\\
Wading sloughs of flesh these helpless wander,\\
Treading blood from lungs that had loved laughter.\\
Always they must see these things and hear them,\\
Batter of guns and shatter of flying muscles,\\
Carnage incomparable and human squander\\
Rucked too thick for these men's extrication.
-->-- '''Wilfred Owen''', "Mental Cases"

->from passing by the roses strewn\\
at the feet of the fallen and feeling\\
the names of the dead on the cold, wet\\
stone, there became a certain\\
satisfaction in breathing\\\
and even more in realizing we still could.
-->-- '''[=sound-dispute=]''', [[http://sound-dispute.deviantart.com/art/Vietnam-152238074 "Vietnam"]]

->Do they matter - [[FlashbackNightmare those dreams in the pit?]]\\
[[DrowningMySorrows You can drink and forget and be glad,]]\\
And people won't say that you’re mad;\\
For they know that you've fought for your country,\\
And no one will worry a bit.
-->-- '''Creator/SiegfriedSassoon'''

->I realize: I am not answerable for\\
The fate of those who perished in the war, \\
For every younger pal or senior vet \\
Left yonder; nor is anybody saying \\
That I could save them, but fell short of saving, \\
No one says that, and yet, and yet, and yet...
-->-- '''A. Twardowski''', "And yet..."


[[folder:Video Games]]

->The people I killed...they're not comin' back, Leo. What's left for ME!?
-->-- '''Maximilian''', ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns''

->[[ANaziByAnyOtherName Their]] fires lit up the night. All across Lake Rumare, like stars come to earth. It was beautiful, really.\\
I had a medal. It had someone's face on it. I threw it away, after. It didn't help.\\
I finally understand what it all means. What its all for. The killing. And the dying.
-->-- '''Salvianus''', ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''

->There's only so much fight in a person. Only so much death you can take before...
-->-- '''Commander Shepard''', ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''

->'''Soldier:''' You know, Captain, we drove through this whole city to find you. We... we saw things. If you don't mind me asking, what was it like? How did you survive all this?\\
'''Walker:''' ...Who said I did?
-->-- ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''

->The winter after the curse was lifted, hundreds of veteran orcs like me were lost to despair. Our minds were finally free, yes... Free to relive all of the unthinkable acts that we had performed under the [[TheLegionsOfHell Legion's]] influence. I think it was the sounds of the draenei children that unnerved most of them... You never forget... Have you ever been to Jaggedswine Farm? When the swine are of age for the slaughter... It's that sound. The sound of the swine being killed... It resonates the loudest. Those are hard times for us older veterans.
-->-- '''Varok Saurfang''', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''


[[folder:Web Original]]

->'''The Chief''': Is it possible that you were living out a war flashback, Sarge?\\
'''Sarge''': Aye.\\
'''The Chief''': Let's go ahead and say that's what happened.\\
'''Sarge''': It would explain a lot.
-->-- ''WebVideo/AgentsOfCracked''


[[folder:Western Animation]]

->It's not that I don't want to remember. I have to remember... for those who can't.
-->-- '''Ratchet''', ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''

->Lately I've been thinking about all the people I've had to kill. God, the first five, ten times you take a life it's eerie, you remember every detail. I can see all their faces, one had a beard. Each time I pulled the trigger I tied a little knot in my memory that no amount of whisky could loosen. Course, eventually I stopped caring, now I can put a bullet through a man's head while thinking about how much KFC to pick up on my way home. It's usually no more than a bucket. The sick part is I've come to love it, snuffing out lives, I crave it! I feel like an angel of death, the messenger of eternal darkness, a merciless demon with an unquenchable th- oh they just put more orange chicken in the buffet, gotta run.
-->--'''Stan Smith''', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''