Friedrich Dürrenmatt

(1921-1990 / Konolfingen)

Friedrich Dürrenmatt Quotes

  • ''Humor is the mask of wisdom.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). 55 Sentences on Art and Reality, no. 31 (1977).
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  • ''It is easy to kill when you don't see your victim.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). The Vega Expedition (1969).
  • ''Every work of art depicts an aspect of reality.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). 55 Sentences on Art and Reality, no. 1 (1977).
  • ''Everything that is necessary is also easy. You just have to accept it. And the most necessary, the most natural matter on this planet is death.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). The Vega Expedition (1969).
  • ''Before anything else, we need a new age of Enlightenment. Our present political systems must relinquish their claims on truth, justice and freedom and have to replace them with the search for truth, justice, freedom and reason.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). About Tolerance (1977).
  • ''In this country, you never pull the emergency brake, even when there is an emergency. It is imperative that the trains run on schedule.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist, and trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). The Visit, act I (1956). On Switzerland.
  • ''Who sows fear, reaps weapons.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). About Tolerance (1977). On tolerance.
  • ''There is also a reasonable tolerance: reason tolerates the reasonable. It is, however, almost tautological to call this 'tolerance' any longer, as it becomes a matter of course.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). About Tolerance (1977).
  • ''The rightful claim to dissent is an existential right of the individual.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). About Tolerance (1977).
  • ''That there is also freedom in captivity, only a prisoner can claim. Coming from a prison guard, this statement would be blasphemy.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). About Tolerance (1977).

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