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Friedrich Durrenmatt Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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Pretend to be dumb, that’s the only way to reach old age.

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Nothing that has been thought can ever be taken back.

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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 Durrenmatt
Friedrich Durrenmatt
Source: Britannica

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

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The savages don’t have atom bombs.

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Truth is always a delusion.

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

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

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It is easy to kill when you don’t see your victim.

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

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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.

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When death has you by the throat, you don’t mince words.

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

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

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The only remedy against hunger is reasonable birth control.

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Without tolerance, our world turns into hell.

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

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Religion and political expediency go beautifully hand in hand.

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

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

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

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Justice is horrible.

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World history is tragic.

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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.

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

Friedrich Durrenmatt

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

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

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

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

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There are thoughts we must not think.

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

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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.

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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.

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For a person who is dying only eternity counts.

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Human life is beyond comprehension.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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Power is paradoxical.

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We are the world.

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Who sows fear, reaps weapons.

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

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You can’t take back an act you were able to think.

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Who is Friedrich Durrenmatt?

The Swiss author and playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt. His works reflect new experiences of the Second World War, including avant-garde dramas, philosophic crime novels and macabre satire, were also the subject of the politically-active work.