“I’ll tell you the story of the wave and the rock. It’s an old story. Older than we are. Listen.

Once upon a time there was a wave who loved a rock in the sea, let us say in the Bay of Capri.

The wave foamed and swirled around the rock, she kissed him day and night, she embraced him with her white arms, she sighed and wept and besought him to come to her.

She loved him and stormed about him and in that way slowly undermined him, and one day he yielded, completely undermined, and sank into her arms.”

“And suddenly he was no longer a rock to be played with, to be loved, to be dreamed of.

He was only a block of stone at the bottom of the sea, drowned in her. The wave felt disappointed and deceived and looked for another rock

“What does that mean? He should have remained a rock.”

“The wave always says that. But things that move are stronger than immovable things. Water is stronger than rocks.

Arch of Triumph is a 1945 novel by Erich Maria Remarque about stateless refugees in Paris before World War II.

It was his second worldwide bestseller after All Quiet on the Western Front, written during his exile in the United States (1939–1948). It was made into a feature film in 1948 and remade as a television film in 1985.

Erich Maria Remarque (1898 – 1970) was a 20th-century German novelist.

His landmark novel All Quiet on the Western Front (1928), about the German military experience of World War I, was an international best-seller which created a new literary genre, and was subsequently made into the cinema film.