Quotes by Friedrich Durrenmatt

We are the world.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Justice is horrible.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Power is paradoxical.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
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World history is tragic.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Truth is always a delusion.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Who sows fear, reaps weapons.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Human life is beyond comprehension.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
There are thoughts we must not think.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
The savages don't have atom bombs.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Without tolerance, our world turns into hell.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
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For a person who is dying only eternity counts.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Someone who is about to die does not mourn the dead.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Nothing that has been thought can ever be taken back.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
This inhuman world has to become more humane. But how?
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
A story is not finished, until it took the worst turn.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
One does not set fire to a world which is already lost.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
You can't take back an act you were able to think.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
It is easy to kill when you don't see your victim.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Resistance at all cost is the most senseless act there is.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
The only remedy against hunger is reasonable birth control.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
It is inhuman to continue a war which could easily be ended.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
When death has you by the throat, you don't mince words.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Pretend to be dumb, that's the only way to reach old age.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Religion and political expediency go beautifully hand in hand.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
The freedom of each individual can only be the freedom of all.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
A state always calls itself fatherland when it is ready for murder.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
In a society which is structured the wrong way, piety has no effect.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Man is imperfect. The reality he creates is always endangered by man.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Emotions have no place in business, unless you do business with them.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
The problems of all of humanity can only be solved by all of humanity.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
People like us who are on their last leg can only understand comedies.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
The rightful claim to dissent is an existential right of the individual.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
The worst possible turn can not be programmed. It is caused by coincidence.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Everything in the world can be changed, my dear Florestan, but the human being.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
There are risks which are not acceptable: the destruction of humanity is one of them.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
It is surely easier to confess a murder over a cup of coffee than in front of a jury.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
A story has been thought through to the end when it has taken the worst possible turn.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
A major power can afford a military debacle only when it looks like a political victory.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
The difference between humans and wild animals is that humans pray before they commit murder.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
I am a man, and God is hiding from us humans. We are unable to see Him, we can only search for Him.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
The world is bad but not without hope. It is only hopeless when you look at it from an ideal viewpoint.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Whoever is content with the world, and who profits from its lack of justice, does not want to change it.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Revolutions demand enormous sacrifices and, at the same time, create a new need to change the world again.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Above all, be suspicious of your fatherland. Nobody is more inclined to become a murderer than a fatherland.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
The art of the cuisine, when fully mastered, is the one human capability of which only good things can be said.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Only the freedom of mind can prevent the state from becoming totalitarian and from issuing totalitarian demands.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
News reports don't change the world. Only facts change it, and those have already happened when we get the news.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
There is a moment when nothing can be wiped out and left behind any more, when there is only reality and reality is horrifying.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Today's Communism can survive only if it abandons the myth of an infallible party, if it continues to think, and if it becomes democratic.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Everything that is necessary is also easy. You just have to accept it. And the most necessary, the most natural matter on this planet is death.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
So then learn to conquer your fear. This is the only art we have to master nowadays: to look at things without fear, and to fearlessly do right.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Communism is a proposition to structure the world more reasonably, a proposition for changing the world. As such, we have to analyze it and, if we deem it reasonable, act upon it.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
The evolution of humans can not only be seen as the grand total of their wars; it is also defined by the evolution of the human mind and the development of the human consciousness.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Our science has become terrible, our research dangerous, our findings deadly. We physicists have to make peace with reality. Reality is not as strong as we are. We will ruin reality.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
For people who have no critical acumen, a state is a mythical entity, for those who think critically it is a rational fiction, created by man in order to facilitate human coexistence.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Today's difference between Russia and the United States is that in Russia everybody takes everybody else for a spy, and in the United States everybody takes everybody else for a criminal.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
Before anything else, we need a new age of Enlightenment. Our present political systems must relinquish their claims on truth, justice and freedom and have to replace them with the search for truth, justice, freedom and reason.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

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