Quotes by Georg Büchner

"The bees sit so slothfully on the flowers, and the sunshine lies so lazily on the ground. A horrible idleness prevails. -- Idleness is the root of all vice. -- What people won't do out of boredom! They study out of boredom, they pray out of boredom, they fall in love, marry, and multiply out of boredom and finally die out of boredom, and -- and that's the humor in it -- they do everything with the most serious faces, without realizing why and with God knows what intentions. All these heroes, these geniuses, these idiots, these saints, these sinners, these fathers of families are basically nothing but refined idlers. -- Why must I be the one to know this? Why can't I take myself seriously and dress this poor puppet in tails and put an umbrella in its hand so that it will become very proper and very useful and very moral? That man who just left me -- I envied him, I could have beaten him out of envy. Oh, to be someone else for once! Just for a minute. -- How that man runs! If only I knew of one thing under the sun that could still make me run."

"Only one thing abides: an infinite beauty that passes from form to form, eternally changed and revealed afresh."

"Slowly, Woyzeck, take it slowly. One thing after another one. You make me feel giddy. - What am I supposed to do with the ten minutes you save rushing that way? What use are they to me? Think about it, Woyzeck; you've got a good thirty years left. Thirty years. That makes three hundred and sizty months - and then there's days, hours, minutes! What're you going to do with such a monstrous amount of time? Eh? Space it out a bit, Woyzeck."

"Müdigkeit spürte er keine, nur war es ihm manchmal unangenehm, dass er nicht auf dem Kopf gehen konnte."

"If we go to heaven they'll put us to work on the thunder, captain."

Books by Georg Büchner

  • Woyzeck
  • 10,043 ratings
  • December 31st 1998 by Reclam

    (first published 1836)

  • Dantons Tod
  • 2,548 ratings
  • December 19th 1986 by Reclam

    (first published 1835)

  • Lenz
  • 2,195 ratings
  • December 1st 2004 by Archipelago Books

    (first published 1835)

Georg Büchner
  • Georg Büchner

  • Date of birth: October 17, 1813
  • Died: February 19, 1837
  • Born: in Goddelau, Germany.

  • Description: Karl Georg Büchner was a German dramatist and writer of prose. He was the brother of physician and philosopher Ludwig Büchner. Georg Büchner's talent is generally held in great esteem in Germany. It is widely believed that, but for his early death, he might have attained the significance of such central German literary figures as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller.