Friedrich Dürrenmatt Quotes

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Born: January 5, 1921, Konolfingen, Switzerland
Birth Country: Switzerland
Died: Neuchâtel, Switzerland, December 14, 1990
Occupation: Author

1.
A major power can afford a military debacle only when it looks like a political victory.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

2.
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.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

3.
Emotions have no place in business, unless you do business with them.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

4.
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.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

5.
In a society which is structured the wrong way, piety has no effect.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

6.
It is inhuman to continue a war which could easily be ended.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

7.
News reports don't change the world. Only facts change it, and those have already happened when we get the news.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

8.
Only the freedom of mind can prevent the state from becoming totalitarian and from issuing totalitarian demands.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

9.
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.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

10.
Power is paradoxical.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

11.
Pretend to be dumb, that's the only way to reach old age.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

12.
Religion and political expediency go beautifully hand in hand.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

13.
Revolutions demand enormous sacrifices and, at the same time, create a new need to change the world again.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

14.
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.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

15.
The freedom of each individual can only be the freedom of all.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

16.
The world is bad but not without hope. It is only hopeless when you look at it from an ideal viewpoint.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

17.
We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

18.
When death has you by the throat, you don't mince words.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

19.
Who sows fear, reaps weapons.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

20.
Whoever is content with the world, and who profits from its lack of justice, does not want to change it.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

21.
World history is tragic.
- Friedrich Dürrenmatt

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