Georg Büchner

(1813-1837 / Riedstadt)

Georg Büchner Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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.
  • ''We are only puppets, our strings are being pulled by unknown forces.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act II (1835).
  • ''Murder begins where self-defense ends.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835).
  • ''The strides of humanity are slow, they can only be counted in centuries.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act II (1835).
  • ''We have not made the Revolution, the Revolution has made us.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act II (1835). On the French Revolution of 1789.
  • ''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.
  • ''Government must be a transparent garment which tightly clings to the people's body.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835). On democracy.
  • ''The sin is in our thoughts.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835).
  • ''They say in the grave there is peace, and peace and the grave are one and the same.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1994). Danton's Death, act I (1835).

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