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Georg Büchner
Born Karl Georg Büchner
(1813-10-17)17 October 1813
Riedstadt, Grand Duchy of Hesse
Died 19 February 1837(1837-02-19) (aged 23)
Zürich, Switzerland
Occupation dramatist
Nationality German
Notable works Danton’s Death; Leonce and Lena; Woyzeck
Relatives Ludwig Büchner, Ernst Büchner

The weapon of the Republic is terror, and virtue is its strength.
The world is chaos. Nothingness is the yet-to-be-born god of the world.
The death clock is ticking slowly in our breast, and each drop of blood measures its time, and our life is a lingering fever.
Georg Buchner
Love is a peculiar thing.
Peace to the shacks! War on the palaces!
Death is the most blessed dream.
There are only Epicureans, either crude or refined; Christ was the most refined.
Georg Buchner
We are only puppets, our strings are being pulled by unknown forces.
We have not made the Revolution, the Revolution has made us.
Your words smell of corpses.
They say in the grave there is peace, and peace and the grave are one and the same.
Georg Buchner
Whoever finishes a revolution only halfway, digs his own grave.
You women could make someone fall in love even with a lie.
The power of the people and the power of reason are one.
The stars are scattered all over the sky like shimmering tears, there must be great pain in the eye from which they trickled.
Georg Buchner
One must love humanity in order to reach out into the unique essence of each individual: no one can be too low or too ugly.
Georg Buchner
How many women does one need to sing the scale of love all the way up and down?
Georg Buchner
I'll know how to die with courage; that is easier than living.
Dying people often become childish.
The life of the wealthy is one long Sunday.
Revolution is like Saturn, it devours its own children.
Government must be a transparent garment which tightly clings to the people's body.
Georg Buchner
The breath of an aristocrat is the death rattle of freedom.
Raise your eyes and count the small gang of your oppressors who are only strong through the blood they suck from you and through your arms which you lend them unwillingly.
Georg Buchner

We are only puppets, our strings are being pulled by unknown forces.
A good man with a good conscience doesn't walk so fast.
We are always on stage, even when we are stabbed in earnest at the end.
The statue of Freedom has not been cast yet, the furnace is hot, we can all still burn our fingers.
Georg Buchner
The strides of humanity are slow, they can only be counted in centuries.
The revolutionary government is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.
That is a long word: forever!