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A Swiss architect, playwright and novelist, who is regarded as one of the most influential Swiss writers of the 20th century.
(1911 - 1991)

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A man with convictions finds an answer for everything. Convictions are the best form of protection against the living truth.
 

A person who does not concern himself with politics has already made the political choice he was so anxious to spare himself: he is serving the ruling party.
[Politics]
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A poem, a genuine one, does not need to fear the world; it stands up to it, even when a bell rings and an unexpected guest arrives to tell us, while the same coffee is still in our cups, of his fourteen years in captivity...
[Poetry]
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A society needs famous people; the question is whom it chooses for that role. Any criticism of its choice is by implication a criticism of that society.
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Cause and effect are never divided between two people.
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Dignity: the doomed man's final refuge.
 

Does not everyone who describes something he has experienced believe basically that whatever happens to him has some sort of relevance.
[Experience]
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Either marriage is a destiny, I believe, or there is no sense in it at all, it's a piece of humbug.
 

Even silence becomes whether we want it or not a statement that is in fact astoundingly presumptuous.
[Silence]
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Everything that is human looks like a special case.
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Finished things cease to be a shelter for the spirit; but work in progress is a delight.
[Work]
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How can we ever judge a human being when he is and he will always be another person?
[Judgment]
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How much frankness can we stand in a friend?
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How much self-knowledge is limited to presenting other people with a more precise and exact description of our weaknesses.
[Self Knowledge]
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I don't believe in providence and fate, as a technologist I am used to reckoning with the formulae of probability.
 

I feel fairly certain that my hatred harms me more than the people whom I hate.
[Hatred]
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I have no words for my reality.
[Reality]
 

I live, like every real man, in my work.
 

If anyone has a conscience it's generally a guilty one.
 

It is a sign of non love that is to say a sin, to form a finished image of ones neighbors.
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