Quotations From GEORG BÜCHNER


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  • Dying people often become childish.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act II (1835).

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  • Revolution calls my name. I will soon dwell in nothingness, and my name will be in the Pantheon of history.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act III (1835). Danton during his trial.

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  • The breath of an aristocrat is the death rattle of freedom.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835). On the French Revolution of 1789.

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  • 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 Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Leonce and Lena, act II (1838).

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  • 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 Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Lenz (1839).

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  • Revolution is like the daughters of Pelias: it cuts humanity to pieces in order to rejuvenate it.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act II (1835).
  • How many women does one need to sing the scale of love all the way up and down?
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Leonce and Lena, act I (1838).

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  • Whoever finishes a revolution only halfway, digs his own grave.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835).
  • The revolutionary government is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835). On the French Revolution of 1789.
  • The weapon of the Republic is terror, and virtue is its strength.
    Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act I (1835). On the French Revolution of 1789.

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