Quotations From GEORG BÜCHNER


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  • Now you know Danton: in a few hours he will fall asleep in the arms of glory.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act III (1835). Danton during his trial.
  • I'll know how to die with courage; that is easier than living.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act II (1835). Danton during his trial.

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  • The revolution must end and the republic must begin. In our constitution, right must take the place of duty, welfare that of virtue, and self-defense that of punishment. Everyone must be able to prevail and to live according to one's own nature.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1994). Danton's Death, act I (1835).

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  • The statue of Freedom has not been cast yet, the furnace is hot, we can all still burn our fingers.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835). On the French Revolution of 1789.

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  • And for tired eyes every light is too bright, and for tired lips every breath too heavy, and for tired ears every word too much.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Leonce and Lena, act II (1838).

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  • Love is a peculiar thing.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Leonce and Lena, act I (1838).

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  • Death is the most blessed dream.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Leonce and Lena, act II (1838).

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  • The state is therefore everyone; the rules within the state are laws which safeguard the welfare of all and which must originate from the welfare of all.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1994). The Hessian Messenger (1834).
  • We are always on stage, even when we are stabbed in earnest at the end.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act II (1835).
  • Freedom and whores are the most cosmopolitan items under the sun.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act IV (1835).

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