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Quotations From FRIEDRICH DÜRRENMATT

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  • 61.
    For a person who is dying only eternity counts.
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Play Strindberg, 7th round (1969).

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  • 62.
    For a person who is dying only eternity counts.
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Play Strindberg, 7th round (1969).

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  • 63.
    There is a moment when nothing can be wiped out and left behind any more, when there is only reality—and reality is horrifying.
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Play Strindberg, 7th round (1969).
  • 64.
    Emotions have no place in business, unless you do business with them.
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Meteor, act II (1966).
  • 65.
    When death has you by the throat, you don't mince words.
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Frank V, sc. 2 (1960).

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  • 66.
    It is inhuman to continue a war which could easily be ended.
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). The Anabaptists, sc. 17 (1967).

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  • 67.
    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 (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist, and trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). The Physicists, act II (1962). On nuclear physics.

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  • 68.
    Humans need justice in the here and now and grace in the thereafter. Justice in the here and now is possible only without freedom, and grace in the thereafter only through the freedom of God.
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Achterloo III, act I (1986).

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  • 69.
    We can't afford the wrath of Heaven. We survived a deluge by the skin of our teeth, but an economic crisis would be disastrous.
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). An Angel Comes to Babylon, act II (1954). On capitalism.

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  • 70.
    Only the freedom of mind can prevent the state from becoming totalitarian and from issuing totalitarian demands.
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Czechoslovakia 1968 (1968).

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