Max Frisch

(1911-1991 / Zürich)

Max Frisch Quotes

  • ''That was the saddest thing for Sybille: after twenty minutes you have got as far with these people as after half a year, as after many years, nothing more is added.''
    Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Stiller, Suhrkamp (1954). I'm Not Stiller, sixth notebook, p. 271, trans. by Michael Bullock, Vintage (1958).
    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • ''The point is to show who is the cross and who the crucified.''
    Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Stiller, Suhrkamp (1954). I'm Not Stiller, first notebook, p. trans. 53, by Michael Bullock (1958), Vintage (1958). Illustrates the martyr marriage of a married couple.
  • ''All that remains is the mad desire for present identity through a woman.''
    Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Montauk, Suhrkamp (1975). Montauk, pp. 95-96, trans. by Geoffrey Skelton, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1976). Frisch's autobiographical musings about aging.
  • ''Travelling, gentlemen, is medieval, today we have means of communication, not to speak of tomorrow and the day after, means of communication that bring the world into our homes, to travel from one place to another is atavistic.''
    Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Homo faberEin Bericht, Suhrkamp (1957). Professor O., in Homo FaberA Report, p. 100, trans. by Michael Bullock (1977), Abelard-Schuman (1959).
  • ''If anyone has a conscience it's generally a guilty one.''
    Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. from the play The Fire Raisers, originally published as Biedermann und die Brandstifter, Suhrkamp (1958) where titles in italics are actually underlined. I could not find the italics command in the notabene manual. Schmitz, in Three Plays: The Fire Raisers, Andorra, Triptych, p. 9, trans. by Michael Bullock (1962), Methuen (1992).
  • ''It is only the consciousness of a nonexistence which allows us to realize for moments that we are living.''
    Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Tagebuch 1946-1949, Suhrkamp (1950). Sketchbook 1946-1949, p. 117, trans. by Geoffrey Skelton, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1977). Beginning of the author's growing preoccupation with death.
  • ''Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.''
    Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Tagebuch 1946-1949, Suhrkamp (1950). Sketchbook 1946-1949, p. 12, trans. by Geoffrey Skelton, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1977).
  • ''There is no art without Eros.''
    Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Tagebuch 1946-1949, Suhrkamp (1950). Sketchbook 1946-1949, p. 225, trans. by Geoffrey Skelton, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1977).
  • ''Jealousy is the fear of comparison.''
    Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Tagebuch 1946-1949, Suhrkamp (1950). Sketchbook 1946-1949, p. 268, trans. by Geoffrey Skelton, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1977).
  • ''A man with convictions finds an answer for everything. Convictions are the best form of protection against the living truth.''
    Max Frisch (1911-1991), Swiss author, critic. Originally published as Tagebuch 1946-1949, Suhrkamp (1950). Sketchbook 1946-1949, p. 217, trans. by Geoffrey Skelton, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (1977).

Read more quotations »
[Report Error]