Quotes by Friedrich Durrenmatt

World history is tragic.
– Friedrich Durrenmatt
Whoever is content with the world, and who profits from its lack of justice, does not want to change it.
– Friedrich Durrenmatt
Who sows fear, reaps weapons.
– Friedrich Durrenmatt
When death has you by the throat, you don't mince words.
– Friedrich Durrenmatt
We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.
– 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
The freedom of each individual can only be the freedom of all.
– 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
Revolutions demand enormous sacrifices and, at the same time, create a new need to change the world again.
– Friedrich Durrenmatt
Religion and political expediency go beautifully hand in hand.
– Friedrich Durrenmatt
Pretend to be dumb, that's the only way to reach old age.
– Friedrich Durrenmatt
Power is paradoxical.
– 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
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
It is inhuman to continue a war which could easily be ended.
– Friedrich Durrenmatt
In a society which is structured the wrong way, piety has no effect.
– 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
Emotions have no place in business, unless you do business with them.
– 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