Georg Büchner

(1813-1837 / Riedstadt)

Georg Büchner Quotes

  • ''Revolution is like the daughters of Pelias: it cuts humanity to pieces in order to rejuvenate it.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act II (1835).
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  • ''Freedom and whores are the most cosmopolitan items under the sun.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act IV (1835).
  • ''Your words smell of corpses.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act II (1835).
  • ''The statue of Freedom has not been cast yet, the furnace is hot, we can all still burn our fingers.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835). On the French Revolution of 1789.
  • ''The stars are scattered all over the sky like shimmering tears, there must be great pain in the eye from which they trickled.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act IV (1835).
  • ''You women could make someone fall in love even with a lie.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1994). Danton's Death, act I (1835).
  • ''The power of the people and the power of reason are one.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act III (1835).
  • ''The revolution must end and the republic must begin. In our constitution, right must take the place of duty, welfare that of virtue, and self-defense that of punishment. Everyone must be able to prevail and to live according to one's own nature.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1994). Danton's Death, act I (1835).
  • ''Revolution is like Saturn, it devours its own children.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835).
  • ''The world is chaos. Nothingness is the yet-to-be-born god of the world.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act IV (1835).

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