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Quotes / Thousand-Yard Stare

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"You've heard of a thousand-yard stare? This guy had a million mile one. He'd seen forever. He'd been somewhere else, and I don't know, sometimes I wonder if he'd maybe had a pretty good fucking conversation with someone he met there."

"Their eyes stared into space as if transfixed by a vision of terror."
Marshal Petain on the troops returning from the Battle of Verdun.

"The thousand-yard stare. A Marine gets it after he's been in the shit for too long. It's like you've really seen...beyond. I got it. All field Marines got it. You'll have it, too."
Corporal Payback, Full Metal Jacket

"Oh dear, you really are an uptight bastard, aren't you? You can drop the thousand-yard stare. I've seen it all before, and I'm not impressed."
Lewis, Rambo IV

By the time we found her up on the roof, she was just... sitting there. Staring off into space. She wouldn't talk to us... wouldn't even look us in the eye.


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