A Separate Peace

What does this quote mean and how does it relate to the novel?

"Sarcasm... the protest of people who are weak"

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The quote basically means that people that are too weak take risks or take responsible for life, usually resort to sarcasm to cover up their own insecurities. Gene feels he was weak during his time of conflict with Finny and used sarcasm to cover up this fact.

"He [Finny] had never been jealous of me for a second. Now I knew that there never was and never could have been any rivalry between us. I was not of the same quality as he"