Friedrich Durrenmatt - Quotes

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Without tolerance, our world turns into hell. ---->>>

So then learn to conquer your fear. This is the only art we have to master nowadays: to look at things without fear, and to fearlessly do right.

So then learn to conquer your fear. This is the only art we have to master nowadays: to look at things without fear, and to fearlessly do right.

The worst possible turn can not be programmed. It is caused by coincidence. ---->>>

This inhuman world has to become more humane. But how? ---->>>

The world is bad but not without hope. It is only hopeless when you look at it from an ideal viewpoint.

The world is bad but not without hope. It is only hopeless when you look at it from an ideal viewpoint.

The difference between humans and wild animals is that humans pray before they commit murder. ---->>>

A state always calls itself fatherland when it is ready for murder. ---->>>

Resistance at all cost is the most senseless act there is. ---->>>

Pretend to be dumb, that's the only way to reach old age. ---->>>

Power is paradoxical.

Power is paradoxical.

Revolutions demand enormous sacrifices and, at the same time, create a new need to change the world again. ---->>>

Truth is always a delusion. ---->>>

Someone who is about to die does not mourn the dead.

Someone who is about to die does not mourn the dead.

For people who have no critical acumen, a state is a mythical entity, for those who think critically it is a rational fiction, created by man in order to facilitate human coexistence. ---->>>

A story is not finished, until it took the worst turn. ---->>>

The only remedy against hunger is reasonable birth control. ---->>>

The rightful claim to dissent is an existential right of the individual. ---->>>

There are risks which are not acceptable: the destruction of humanity is one of them. ---->>>

The art of the cuisine, when fully mastered, is the one human capability of which only good things can be said. ---->>>

Everything in the world can be changed, my dear Florestan, but the human being. ---->>>

Only the freedom of mind can prevent the state from becoming totalitarian and from issuing totalitarian demands. ---->>>

Communism is a proposition to structure the world more reasonably, a proposition for changing the world. As such, we have to analyze it and, if we deem it reasonable, act upon it. ---->>>

The evolution of humans can not only be seen as the grand total of their wars; it is also defined by the evolution of the human mind and the development of the human consciousness. ---->>>

Before anything else, we need a new age of Enlightenment. Our present political systems must relinquish their claims on truth, justice and freedom and have to replace them with the search for truth, justice, freedom and reason. ---->>>

It is surely easier to confess a murder over a cup of coffee than in front of a jury. ---->>>

We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.

We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.

Emotions have no place in business, unless you do business with them. ---->>>

Everything that is necessary is also easy. You just have to accept it. And the most necessary, the most natural matter on this planet is death. ---->>>

News reports don't change the world. Only facts change it, and those have already happened when we get the news. ---->>>

Nothing that has been thought can ever be taken back. ---->>>

Justice is horrible. ---->>>

Whoever is content with the world, and who profits from its lack of justice, does not want to change it. ---->>>

Today's Communism can survive only if it abandons the myth of an infallible party, if it continues to think, and if it becomes democratic. ---->>>

For a person who is dying only eternity counts. ---->>>

Today's difference between Russia and the United States is that in Russia everybody takes everybody else for a spy, and in the United States everybody takes everybody else for a criminal. ---->>>

A major power can afford a military debacle only when it looks like a political victory. ---->>>

Human life is beyond comprehension. ---->>>

It is easy to kill when you don't see your victim. ---->>>

People like us who are on their last leg can only understand comedies. ---->>>

You can't take back an act you were able to think. ---->>>

I am a man, and God is hiding from us humans. We are unable to see Him, we can only search for Him. ---->>>

Religion and political expediency go beautifully hand in hand. ---->>>

The problems of all of humanity can only be solved by all of humanity. ---->>>

Who sows fear, reaps weapons. ---->>>

World history is tragic. ---->>>

In a society which is structured the wrong way, piety has no effect. ---->>>

It is inhuman to continue a war which could easily be ended. ---->>>

Man is imperfect. The reality he creates is always endangered by man. ---->>>

There are thoughts we must not think. ---->>>

Our science has become terrible, our research dangerous, our findings deadly. We physicists have to make peace with reality. Reality is not as strong as we are. We will ruin reality. ---->>>

The freedom of each individual can only be the freedom of all. ---->>>

A story has been thought through to the end when it has taken the worst possible turn. ---->>>

When death has you by the throat, you don't mince words. ---->>>

Above all, be suspicious of your fatherland. Nobody is more inclined to become a murderer than a fatherland. ---->>>

One does not set fire to a world which is already lost. ---->>>

We are the world. ---->>>

The savages don't have atom bombs. ---->>>

There is a moment when nothing can be wiped out and left behind any more, when there is only reality and reality is horrifying. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Swiss
Born: 01-05, 1921
Birthplace:
Die: 12-14, 1990
Occupation: Author
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Friedrich Dürrenmatt (German: [ˈfriːdrɪç ˈdʏrənˌmat]; 5 January 1921 – 14 December 1990) was a Swiss author and dramatist. He was a proponent of epic theatre whose plays reflected the recent experiences of World War II. The politically active author's work included avant-garde dramas, philosophical crime novels, and macabre satire (wikipedia)