DÃ¼rrenmatt in 1989
5 January 1921|
Konolfingen, Bern, Switzerland
|Died||14 December 1990
|Notable works||The Physicists
|Spouse||Lotti GeiÃŸler (1946-1983) (her death) (3 children)
Charlotte Kerr (1984-1990) (his death)
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.
There are risks which are not acceptable: the destruction of humanity is one of them.
Revolutions demand enormous sacrifices and, at the same time, create a new need to change the world again.
Only the freedom of mind can prevent the state from becoming totalitarian and from issuing totalitarian demands.
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.
The difference between humans and wild animals is that humans pray before they commit murder.
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.
I am a man, and God is hiding from us humans. We are unable to see Him, we can only search for Him.
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.
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.
News reports don't change the world. Only facts change it, and those have already happened when we get the news.
The art of the cuisine, when fully mastered, is the one human capability of which only good things can be said.
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.
It is surely easier to confess a murder over a cup of coffee than in front of a jury.
Above all, be suspicious of your fatherland. Nobody is more inclined to become a murderer than a fatherland.
The world is bad but not without hope. It is only hopeless when you look at it from an ideal viewpoint.
A major power can afford a military debacle only when it looks like a political victory.
We do not consider patriotism desirable if it contradicts civilized behavior.
Everything in the world can be changed, my dear Florestan, but the human being.
Whoever is content with the world, and who profits from its lack of justice, does not want to change it.
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.
A story has been thought through to the end when it has taken the worst possible turn.
The worst possible turn can not be programmed. It is caused by coincidence.
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.
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.
There is a moment when nothing can be wiped out and left behind any more, when there is only reality and reality is horrifying.