Friedrich Dürrenmatt

(1921-1990 / Konolfingen)

Friedrich Dürrenmatt Quotes

  • ''A state always calls itself fatherland when it is ready for murder.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act III (1956).
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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.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist, and trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act III (1956).
  • ''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 (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act III (1956).
  • ''Justice is horrible.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act III (1956).
  • ''We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act I (1956).
  • ''A world is in flames, and you are cracking silly jokes.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist, and trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act I (1956). On the behavior of rulers during a war.
  • ''Do we still have the right to be more than victims?''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist, and trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act III (1956).
  • ''Do we still have the right to be more than victims?''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act III (1956).
  • ''Resistance at all cost is the most senseless act there is.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act III (1956). On war.
  • ''News reports don't change the world. Only facts change it, and those have already happened when we get the news.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act I (1956).

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