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We do not consider patriotism desirable if it ...
by Friedrich Durrenmatt

We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

Related topics: Patriotism

Power is paradoxical.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

The savages don't have atom bombs.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

Someone who is about to die does not mourn the dead.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt


Who sows fear, reaps weapons.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

Pretend to be dumb, that's the only way to reach old age.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

Without tolerance, our world turns into hell.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

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Religion and political expediency go beautifully hand in hand.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

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

One does not set fire to a world which is already lost.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

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

Nothing that has been thought can ever be taken back.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

Truth is always a delusion.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

You can't take back an act you were able to think.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

The difference between humans and wild animals is that
humans pray before they commit murder.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

Resistance at all cost is the most senseless act there is.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

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

The problems of all of humanity can only be solved by all of humanity.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

There are risks which are not acceptable:
the destruction of humanity is one of them.
- 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 rightful claim to dissent is an existential right of the individual.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

World history is tragic.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

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

We are the world.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

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

The only remedy against hunger is reasonable birth control.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

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

Justice is horrible.
- 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

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

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

For a person who is dying only eternity counts.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

The freedom of each individual can only be the freedom of all.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

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

This inhuman world has to become more humane.
But how?
- 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

There are thoughts we must not think.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

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

Revolutions demand enormous sacrifices and,
at the same time, create a new need to change the world again.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

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

When death has you by the throat, you don't mince words.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

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

Whoever is content with the world, and who profits
from its lack of justice,
does not want to change it.
- 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

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

People like us who are on their last leg can only understand comedies.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

Human life is beyond comprehension.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

The worst possible turn can not be programmed.
It is caused by coincidence.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

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