Georg Büchner

(1813-1837 / Riedstadt)

Georg Büchner Quotes

  • ''That is a long word: forever!''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Leonce and Lena, act I (1838).
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  • ''Do you know, Valerio, that even the least among all humans is so great that life is far too short to love him?''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Leonce and Lena, act III (1838).
  • ''And for tired eyes every light is too bright, and for tired lips every breath too heavy, and for tired ears every word too much.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Leonce and Lena, act II (1838).
  • ''Death is the most blessed dream.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Leonce and Lena, act II (1838).
  • ''In Germany, the judicial system has been the whore of the German princes for centuries.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1994). The Hessian Messenger (1834). Büchner's verdict on absolutism.
  • ''The life of the wealthy is one long Sunday.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1994). The Hessian Messenger (1834).
  • ''Supreme power rests in the will of all or of the majority.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1994). The Hessian Messenger (1834). Büchner on democracy.
  • ''Raise your eyes and count the small gang of your oppressors who are only strong through the blood they suck from you and through your arms which you lend them unwillingly.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1994). The Hessian Messenger (1834). Büchner on tyranny.
  • ''The state is therefore everyone; the rules within the state are laws which safeguard the welfare of all and which must originate from the welfare of all.''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1994). The Hessian Messenger (1834).
  • ''Peace to the shacks! War on the palaces!''
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1994). The Hessian Messenger (1834). Büchner translates a motto of the French Revolution by Nicolas Chamfort: "Guerre aux châteaux! Paix aux chaumières!..."

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