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Quotations From GEORG BÜCHNER


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  • The world is chaos. Nothingness is the yet-to-be-born god of the world.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act IV (1835).

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  • Revolution is like Saturn, it devours its own children.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835).

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  • The power of the people and the power of reason are one.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act III (1835).

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  • You women could make someone fall in love even with a lie.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1994). Danton's Death, act I (1835).

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  • Government must be a transparent garment which tightly clings to the people's body.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835). On democracy.

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  • Do you know, Valerio, that even the least among all humans is so great that life is far too short to love him?
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Leonce and Lena, act III (1838).

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  • They say in the grave there is peace, and peace and the grave are one and the same.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1994). Danton's Death, act I (1835).

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  • We are only puppets, our strings are being pulled by unknown forces.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act II (1835).
  • The strides of humanity are slow, they can only be counted in centuries.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act II (1835).
  • Murder begins where self-defense ends.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835).

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