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Swiss Quotes

Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. It is associated with banks, neutrality, famous red pocket knives, watches, cheese and excellent ski resorts.
Switzerland is a place were lots of great minds including Albert Einstein and James Joyce settled down, and many more have written about. Read our collection of Swiss Quotes.

And while on a quotation roll, here are links to my collections of beautiful quotations about adventure, hiking, rainbows and rain – do check them all out and enjoy some new angles on our beautiful world.

Best Swiss Quotes

I’m Switzerland; neutral as can be, and also with great chocolate. — Neal Shusterman

Switzerland is a place where they don’t like to fight, so they get people to do their fighting for them while they ski and eat chocolate. — Larry David

There is nothing quite like climbing to the top of the Alps and looking down upon the earth. Everything in the world suddenly makes sense — Anonymous

But before I die, I want to visit heaven on Earth: Switzerland. — Govind Maheshwari

The Swiss have a healthy belief that whatever originates in their own country, and preferably their own area, is the best, particularly the people. Thus, if the supermarket offers Italian strawberries at half-price, the Swiss will still buy locally-grown ones in the firm belief that theirs are vastly superior.— Paul Bilton

The Swiss franc is a better bet than gold and the Swiss economy more solid than the granite face of the Matterhorn. — Paul Bilton

Writers about Switzerland

Switzerland is a curst, selfish, swinish country of brutes, placed in the most romantic region of the world. — Lord Byron

“Switzerland is simply a large, lumpy, solid rock with a thin skin of grass stretched over it.” — Mark Twain

In a war everybody always knows all about Switzerland, in peace times it is just Switzerland but in war time it is the only country that everybody has confidence in, everybody. — Gertrude Stein

“My rank is the highest known in Switzerland: I’m a free citizen.”— George Bernard Shaw

I see the cliffs, glaciers, torrents, valleys of Switzerland – I mark the long winters and the isolation. — James Joyce

 Switzerland is a country where very few things begin, but many things end. — F Scott Fitzgerald.

“How could you get mad at someone who neither needed to attack nor was at all worried about being able to defend? It was like getting mad at Switzerland.”― Karl Marlantes Matterhorn

Geneva has the sleepy tidiness of a man who combs his hair while yet in his pyjamas. — Lewis Mumford

Every country has its cocktail-party question. A simple one-sentence query, the answer to which unlocks a motherlode of information about the person you just met. In Switzerland, it is, Where are you from? That is all you need to know about someone. — Eric Weiner

Switzerland still has a huge share of the watch market, all advertised at the airport on illuminated hoardings. Gosh, they are ugly. — Simon Hoggart

After a summer trip to Switzerland, which was rich in experiences, I started writing. In the beginning, I aimed at descriptions of nature and folklife until, as the years passed, the description of man became my chief interest. —Henrik Pontoppidan

“It is the middle of December now, and we are about to travel to Switzerland – where we plan to ski a little, relax a little, and shoot a Dutch politician a little.” ― Hugh Laurie

The Swiss will never be the wild child of Europe; you only have to look at their lovingly tended vegetable patches to see that. But whether they are boring or not most likely depends on the eye of the beholder. — Clare O’De

“I am Switzerland. I refuse to be affected by territorial disputes between mythical creatures.”— Stephenie Meyer

To be an artist at all is like living in Switzerland during a world war. To be an artist in Zurich, in 1917, implies a degree of self-absorption that would have glazed over the eyes of Narcissus. — Tom Stoppard

“No one really likes Switzerland, except those who prefer cleanliness to life.” — Trevanian

When you’re dealing with Switzerland, Mr. Allon, it’s best to keep one thing in mind. Switzerland is not a real country. It’s a business, and it’s run like a business. It’s a business that is constantly in a defensive posture. It’s been that way for seven hundred years. — Daniel Silva

Thinking ahead is highly valued in Swiss everyday life, whether you are making plans, or catching a bus.” – Margaret Oertig-Davidson

Tino, a Swiss-American, commented to me: When you see the amount of work which goes into a party in Switzerland, it’s done much more professionally. The Swiss are likely to make perfect plans. People in the US don’t know that. You have to communicate it somehow, and tell them more about what you’re planning, so they realise how seriously you’re taking it.” – Margaret Oertig-Davidson

She thought about Switzerland. Where a smile will give you away as an American. Where what isn’t taboo is de rigueur. Cold, efficient Switzerland. where the woman are comely and the men are well groomed and everyone wears a determined face. Switzerland. The roof of Europe. Glacier carved. Most beautiful where it is most uninhabitable. Switzerland with its twenty-six shipshape cantons. Industrious Switzerland. Novartis. Rolex. Nestlé. Swatch. –Jill Alexander Essbaum – poet

Rick Steves quotes on Switzerland

“Everything in the world suddenly makes sense. Wedged neatly between Germany, Austria, France, and Italy, Switzerland melds the best of all worlds and adds a healthy dose of chocolate, cowbells, and cable cars. Switzerland – the heaven on the Earth, is not just beautiful but one of the best adventurous destination of the world as well”— Rick Steves

“Join cheesemakers in a high valley, try to call the shepherds on an alphorn, and hike through some of the world’s most stunning mountain scenery.”— Rick Steves

“Swiss cities remind me of the kid at high school who’s great at sports, has perfect hair, the best girlfriend, and the teachers all love him. He’s just too perfect.”— Rick Steves

Quotes about Switzerland and Zurich by Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan

“It is always easy to create an ordinary city; what is difficult is to create an extraordinary one, peaceful and restful one, smart and tidy, artful and cultivated one, in short, a livable one! And Zurich is such a city!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

In a country where peace prevails in every corner, everything looks prettier, calmer and wiser!

You go to a place for a visit and deep in your heart you think that this place can be your own home and Zurich is such a place!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

Swiss quotes about Cuckoo Clock

There are various quotes about Switzerland which include the Cuckoo Clocks and the fact that Swiss invented it. Which would be quite easy to believe since we attribute production of the best watches to Swiss makers. But it’s not the truth is that the pendulum clock was invented by Germans at the beginning of the 17th century. So why people think that swiss invented it? – it because of the movie “The third man” and the famous line by Orson Welles:

“You know what the fellow said – 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.” ― Graham Greene, The Third Man

“Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.” ― Ernest Hemingway

Quotes about Swiss food

For a while, fondue seemed to have gone the way of leisure suits, bellbottoms, hot pants, and other staples of the 1970s. But (thankfully) unlike fondue’s sartorial counterparts, the Swiss-inspired dining experience seems poised for a comeback. Why not? Fondue affords an easy, fun, and inexpensive night in, whether you’re planning a fondue party with ten of your closes friends or a quiet romantic dinner for two.” – Adams Media, The 50 Best Fondue Recipes: Tasty, fresh, and easy to make!

I have fond memories from growing up in Switzerland and drinking a glass of warm milk with a spoonful of honey before bed. ― Daniel Humm

We are delightfully trapped by our memories. I can’t drink a bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieux Telegraphe without revisiting a hotel bistro in Luzerne, Switzerland, where I ate a large bowl of a peppery Basque baby goat stew. A sip and a bite. A bite and sip. Goosebumps come with the divine conjunction of food and wine. ― Jim Harrison

The seasons had always been a part of the way I cooked and ate in Switzerland. ― Daniel Humm

Switzerland quotes by Comedians

‘A U.N. study claims the happiest country in the world is Switzerland. When asked why they’re so happy, Swiss people couldn’t answer because their hands were counting money and their mouths were full of chocolate.’ – Conan O’ Brien – comedian

I’ve always wanted to go to Switzerland to see what the army does with those wee red knives. ― Billy Connolly

I’m tellin’ ya I get no respect. When I was in Switzerland, I got an obscene yodel. -Rodney Dangerfield”The Swiss have an interesting army. Five hundred years without a war. Pretty impressive. Also pretty lucky for them. Ever see that little Swiss Army knife they have to fight with? Not much of a weapon there. Corkscrews. Bottle openers. ‘Come on, buddy, let’s go. You get past me, the guy in back of me, he’s got a spoon. Back off. I’ve got the toe clippers right here.” ― Jerry Seinfeld – comedian

Politician Quotes about Switzerland

If we heard that somebody starved to death in Sweden or Switzerland, we would be shocked. ― P. J. O’Rourke – politician

There was the joke about Switzerland being an island surrounded by land. This was never true. -Samuel Schmid

This is a strange, little, complacent country, in many ways a USA in miniature but of course nearer the center of disturbance! -Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s tough to find a place not to like in Switzerland. Michele Bachmann – politician

When all the world is socialist, Switzerland will have to remain capitalist, so that it can tell us the price of everything. -Nikita Khrushchev‘Space, like Switzerland, should be neutral.’ – Andy Rooney

Funny Switzerland Instagram Captions

 What’s the best thing about Switzerland?
- I don’t know, but the flag is a big plus.
What’s the difference between Switzerland and America? 
In Switzerland, the cheese is filled with holes
Why don't Switzerland's cars have brakes? 
Because they are always on neutral.

I want to move to Switzerland – The people are pleasant, the economy is great, and the flag is a big plus.

“Heaven is where the police are British, 
the cooks are French, the mechanics are German,
the lovers are Italian and it is all organised by the Swiss.

Hell is where the police are German,
the cooks are English,
the mechanics are French,
the lovers are Swiss,
and it is all organised by the Italians”.

Swiss quotes by Other famous people 

The Caribbean is great, but I also love the mountains as well. I’m a big skier, and I love spending time in Switzerland skiing. It really depends. – Lance Stroll – racing driver 

I am at a climbing area called the Wendenstock in Switzerland. This area has some of the best quality multi-pitch climbing I have seen on limestone. There is about a two-hour approach on one of the steepest grass slopes I have ever seen. The setting is amazing. – Tommy Caldwell – American rock climber

“For some reason, there is a purity to the Swiss Alps – a certain energy – that is very reminiscent of my snowboarding experiences in the Himalayas.” — Frederick Len

Switzerland is my favorite place now, because it’s so – nothing. There is absolutely nothing to do. — Andy Warhol

The first time I passed through the country I had the impression it was swept down with a broom from one end to the other every morning by housewives who dumped all the dirt in Italy. — Ernesto Sabato

I grew up in Switzerland, in this kind of rigidity. It was Protestant, and I was rather shy. That influenced me a lot. — Rene Burri

It’s the change of rhythm which I think is what keeps me alive. In Spain, I hear so much noise from my window that I can’t stand it. In Switzerland, it’s the lack of noise that drives me crazy. —Geraldine Chaplin – actress

“In an ideal world, I’d spend every weekend at my home in Zermatt in Switzerland – Vanessa Mae – violinist

Internationally, I love going to Switzerland. I went there many times for shooting and loved the Alps, the tranquility, cleanliness, the greenery and the warmth of the people there. – Chiranjeevi

The outbreak of the war found my wife and me in Switzerland, where we were taking a cure. – Fritz Kreisler

‘Switzerland’s hallucinatory landscapes demand immediate action – grab boots, leap on board, toot bike bell and let spirits rip.’ – Nicola Williams

I left Britain because I fell in love with someone who lived in Switzerland – that was the main thing. -Phil Collins

I’ve been to a lot of places while touring, but I’d have to say Switzerland was my favorite. – Drake Bell – Actor 

They may be big in Switzerland, but so are yodellers. -David Haye – boxer

I never left France for Hollywood nor stashed my money in Switzerland.– Brigitte Bardot

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