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Nothing is harder than to accept oneself. — Max Frisch

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Mathematically speaking, the probable (that in 6,000,000,000 throws with a regular six-sided die the die will come up proximately 1 ,000,000,000 times) and the improbable (that in six throws with the same die the one will come approximately up six times) are not different in kind, but only in frequency, whereby the more frequent appears a priori more probable.
But the occasional occurrence of the improbable does not imply the intervention of a higher power, something in the nature of a miracle, as the layman is so ready to assume. The term "probability" includes improbability at the extreme limits of probability, and when the improbable does occur this is no cause for surprise, bewilderment or mystification.
Cf. Ernst Mally's Probability and Law, Hans Reichenbach The theory Probability, Whitehead and Russell's Principia Mathematica, von Mises' Probability, Statistics and Truth — Max Frisch

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The dignity of man is in free choice. — Max Frisch

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Cause and effect are never divided between two people. — Max Frisch

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My greatest fear: repetition. — Max Frisch

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The point is to show who is the cross and who the crucified. — Max Frisch

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When thou shewest Respect to any one, see that thy Submissions be proportionable to the Homage thou owest him. There is Stupidity and Pride in doing too little; but in over acting of it, there is Abjection and Hypocrisy. — Max Frisch

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We know that every person who is loved feels transformed, unfolded, and he unfolds everything, the most intimate as well as the most familiar, to the one who loves him as well as to himself ... The person one loves is as ungraspable as the universe, as God's infinite space, he is boundless, full of possibilities, full of secrets. — Max Frisch

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Why don't we follow our yearning? — Max Frisch

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If the going is getting too easy, maybe you're going downhill! — Max Frisch

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We live technologically, with man as the master of nature, man as the engineer, and let anyone who raises his voice against it stop using bridges not built by nature ... No electric light bulbs, no engines, no atomic energy, no calculating machines, no anaesthetics-back to the jungle. — Max Frisch

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There is no art without Eros. — Max Frisch

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As long as God is a man, not a couple, the life of a woman, according to Hanna,is bound to remain as it is now, namely wretched, with woman as the proletarian of Creation, however smartly dressed. — Max Frisch

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I have no words for my reality. — Max Frisch

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

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It is remarkable that the persons we love most are those we can least describe. — Max Frisch

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The ants Geiser recently observed under a dripping fir tree are not concerned with what anyone might know about them; nor were the dinosaurs, which died out before a human being set eyes on them. All the papers, whether on the wall or on the carpet, can go. Who cares about the Holocene? Nature needs no names. Geiser knows that. The rocks do not need his memory. — Max Frisch

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Stillertook part in the Spanish Civil WarIt is not clear what impelled him to this military gesture. Probably many factors were combined
a rather romantic Communism, such as was common among bourgeois intellectuals at that time. — Max Frisch

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The demand that we love our neighbor as ourselves contains as an axiom the demand that we shall love ourselves, shall accept ourselves as we were created. — Max Frisch

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We live in an age of reproduction. Most of what makes up our personal picture of the world we have never seen with our own eyes
or rather, we've seen it with our own eyes, but not on the spot: our knowledge comes to us from a distance, we are televiewers, telehearers, teleknowers. — Max Frisch

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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. — Max Frisch

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A joke is a good camouflage. Next best comes sentiment ... But the best camouflage of all - in my opinion - is the plain and simple truth. Because nobody ever believes it. — Max Frisch

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Primitive peoples tried to annul death by portraying the human body
we do it by finding substitutes for the human body. Technology instead of mysticism! — Max Frisch

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The technologist was the final guise of the white missionary, industrialization the last gospel of a dying race and living standards a substitute for a purpose in living. — Max Frisch

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We asked for workers. We got people instead. — Max Frisch

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To a certain degree we are really the person others have seen in us — Max Frisch

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I took the standpoint that the profession of technologist, a man who masters matter, is a masculine profession, if not the only masculine profession there is. — Max Frisch

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

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Sabeth listened when I told her about my experiences, but as one listens to an old man; without interrupting, politely, without believing, without getting excited. — Max Frisch

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Technology as the knack of eliminating the world as resistance, ... the technologist's worldlessness ... My mistake lay in the factthat we technologists try to live without death. — Max Frisch

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When we travel, we are like a film at the moment of exposure; it is memory that will develop it. — Max Frisch

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Strictly speaking, every citizen above a certain level of income is guilty of some offense. — Max Frisch

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The difference between an author and a horse is that the horse doesn't understand the horse dealer's language. — Max Frisch

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All that remains is the mad desire for present identity through a woman. — Max Frisch

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The machine has no feelings, it feels no fear and no hope ... it operates according to the pure logic of probability. For this reason I assert that the robot perceives more accurately than man. — Max Frisch

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A real life, a life that leaves a deposit in the shape of something alive ... It's difficult to say what makes a life a real life ... You could also say it depends on a person being identical with himself. — Max Frisch

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Our guilt has its uses. It justifies much in the lives of others. — Max Frisch

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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. — Max Frisch

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You can't make the incomprehensible comprehensible without losing it completely — Max Frisch

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There is no such thing, as far as I'm concerned, as ownership in love. — Max Frisch

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To write is to read one's own self — Max Frisch

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Thou shalt not, it is said, make unto thee any graven image of God. The same commandment should apply when God is taken to mean the living part of every human being, the part that cannot be grasped. It is a sin that, however much it is committed against us, we almost continually commit ourselves
Except when we love. — Max Frisch

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Dignity: the doomed man's final refuge. — Max Frisch

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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. — Max Frisch

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Travelling, gentlemen, is medieval, today we have means of communication, not to speak of tomorrow and the day after, means of communication that bring the world into our homes, to travel from one place to another is atavistic. — Max Frisch

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Finished things cease to be a shelter for the spirit; but work in progress is a delight. — Max Frisch

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In actual fact those who do not care for politics and sit on the fence do indeed side for a political party: The ruling party. — Max Frisch

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Technology is a way of organizing the universe so that man doesn't have to experience it. — Max Frisch

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There are all sorts of ways of murdering a person or at least his soul, and that's something no police in the world can spot. — Max Frisch

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Being alone is the only possible condition for me, since I don't want to make a woman unhappy, and women have a tendency to become unhappy. Being alone isn't always fun, you can't always be in form. Moreover, I have learned from experience that once you are not in form women don't remain in form either; as soon as they are bored they start complaining you've no feeling. — Max Frisch

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I feel fairly certain that my hatred harms me more than the people whom I hate. — Max Frisch

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When you say a friend has a sense of humor do you mean that he makes you laugh, or that he can make you laugh? — Max Frisch

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Technology ... the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have to experience it. — Max Frisch

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I live, like every real man, in my work. — Max Frisch

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-only human beings can recognize catastrophes, provided they survive them; Nature recognizes no catastrophes. — Max Frisch

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You can put anything into words, except your own life — Max Frisch

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Her supposition that I was melancholy because I was alone put me out of humour. I'm used to travelling alone. I live, like every real man, in my work. On the contrary, that's the way I like it and I think myself lucky to live alone, in my view this is the only possible condition for men, I enjoy waking up and not having to say a word. Where is the woman who can understand that? — Max Frisch

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It is only the consciousness of a nonexistence which allows us to realize for moments that we are living. — Max Frisch

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It is always the moralists who do the most harm. Abortion is the logical outcome of civilization, only the jungle gives birth and moulders away as nature decrees. Man plans. — Max Frisch

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Why do dying people never shed tears? — Max Frisch

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It's precisely the disappointing stories, which have no proper ending and therefore no proper meaning, that sound true to life. — Max Frisch

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Our comparative fidelity was fear of defeat at the hands of another partner. — Max Frisch

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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. — Max Frisch

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Oh, this yearning to be white, this yearning to have straight hair, this lifelong striving to be different from the way one is created this great difficulty in accepting oneself, I knew it and saw only my own longing from outside, saw the absurdity of our yearning to be different from what we are ... — Max Frisch

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I know that I'm the happiest of lovers ... — Max Frisch

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The older you get the simpler you want to make it. — Max Frisch

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Perhaps there are only a few women who experience without deception the overwhelming intoxication of the senses which they expectfrom their encounters with men, which they feel bound to expect because of the fuss made about it in novels, written by men. — Max Frisch

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The main thing is to stand up to the light, to joy (like our child) in the knowledge that I shall be extinguished in the light over gorse, asphalt, and sea, to stand up to time, or rather to eternity in the instant. To be eternal means to have existed. — Max Frisch

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It is conceivable at least that a late generation, such as we presumably are, has particular need of the sketch, in order not to be strangled to death by inherited conceptions which preclude new births ... The sketch has direction, but no ending; the sketch as reflection of a view of life that is no longer conclusive, or is not yet conclusive. — Max Frisch

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Jealousy is the fear of comparison. — Max Frisch

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THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE. Even what they eat and drink, these palefaces who don't know what wine istheir uglinesstheir pink sausage skin, horrible, they only live because there is penicillin, ... the world as an Americanized vacuumtheir fake health, their fake youthfulnessthe way they use cosmetics even on corpses, their whole pornographic attitude to death. — Max Frisch

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Time does not change us. It just unfolds us. — Max Frisch

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If you criticize what you're doing too early you'll never write the first line.
[Paris Review, interview with Jodi Daynard, The Art of Fiction No. 113, Winter II 1989] — Max Frisch