Friedrich Dürrenmatt

(1921-1990 / Konolfingen)

Friedrich Dürrenmatt Quotes

  • ''Someone who is about to die does not mourn the dead.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist, and trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act IV (1956).
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  • ''Someone who is about to die does not mourn the dead.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act IV (1956).
  • ''The difference between humans and wild animals is that humans pray before they commit murder.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Sentences for Contemporaries (1947-1948).
  • ''In a society which is structured the wrong way, piety has no effect.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Sentences from America, no. 14 (1970).
  • ''Prior to the meeting, there was a prayer. In general, in the United States there was always praying.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Sentences from America, no. 13 (1970).
  • ''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.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Sentences from America, no. 37 (1970).
  • ''Then the American flag was saluted. In general, in the United States people always salute the American flag.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Sentences from America, no. 13 (1970).
  • ''In the United States the whites speak well of the Blacks but think bad about them, whereas the Blacks talk bad and think bad about the whites. Whites fear Blacks, because they have a bad conscience, and Blacks hate whites because they need not have a bad conscience.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Sentences from America, no. 48 (1970).
  • ''As the Americans slaughter millions of turkeys every year for the celebration of their deliverance, the Indians, who should be celebrated as saviors, have long been slaughtered. There was even a time when a white man was paid a very decent price for every Indian scalp he could produce.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Sentences from America, no. 12 (1970). On Thanksgiving Day.
  • ''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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