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Friedrich Durrenmatt Quotes

A major power can afford a military debacle only when it looks like a political victory.

A state always calls itself fatherland when it is ready for murder.

A story has been thought through to the end when it has taken the worst possible turn.

A story is not finished, until it took the worst turn.

Above all, be suspicious of your fatherland. Nobody is more inclined to become a murderer than a fatherland.

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.

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.

Emotions have no place in business, unless you do business with them.

Everything in the world can be changed, my dear Florestan, but the human being.

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.

For a person who is dying only eternity counts.

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.

Human life is beyond comprehension.

I am a man, and God is hiding from us humans. We are unable to see Him, we can only search for Him.

In a society which is structured the wrong way, piety has no effect.

It is easy to kill when you don't see your victim.

It is inhuman to continue a war which could easily be ended.

It is surely easier to confess a murder over a cup of coffee than in front of a jury.

Justice is horrible.

Man is imperfect. The reality he creates is always endangered by man.