Friedrich Dürrenmatt

(1921-1990 / Konolfingen)

Friedrich Dürrenmatt Quotes

  • ''World history is tragic.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Portrait of a Planet (1971).
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  • ''Power is paradoxical.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Portrait of a Planet (1971).
  • ''The savages don't have atom bombs.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Portrait of a Planet (1971).
  • ''A major power can afford a military debacle only when it looks like a political victory.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Portrait of a Planet (1971).
  • ''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).
  • ''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, and trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act I (1956).
  • ''One does not set fire to a world which is already lost.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act III (1956).
  • ''We are the world.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act I (1956). On the Roman Empire.
  • ''We are the world.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist, and trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act I (1956). On the Roman Empire.
  • ''People like us who are on their last leg can only understand comedies.''
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921-1990), Swiss dramatist, novelist, essayist, and trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Romulus the Great, act I (1956). On the state of today's world.

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