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Italy vs. Switzerland

22 August 2011

In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.

Orson Welles, The Third Man


10 Comments to “Italy vs. Switzerland”

  1. Bwaaa-haaaa!

  2. Graham Greene FTW.

  3. For members of the Swiss Anti-defamation Society, this is Orson Welles speaking, not Passive Guy.

  4. The cuckoo clock, plus Einstein’s special theory of relativity and theories of matter and energy equivalence, devised while he was living in Bern. Graham Greene kinda overlooked those.

  5. You also forgot the Swiss army knife and some really great chocolate.

  6. Also the Bernoulli number and LSD.

  7. By the way, I love this quote and intend to steal it, probably without attribution. After all, it apparently worked for Orson and he had a much higher profile.

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