“Life is like a role at the theatre – what matters is how well you perform not for how long.”

Federal Councillor Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf adapted a quote from the Roman philosopher Seneca in her farewell address at the Federal Assembly

“Everything went reasonably well, I’m pleased.”

Guy Parmelin, after his election to the Federal Council

“He who can barely climb a tree but thinks he can fly is mistaken.”

Wilhelm Busch (1832 to 1908), German poet and illustrator

“Our nation faces great challenges.”

Adrian Amstutz, SVP spokesperson, at the Federal Council election on 8 December

“The devil knew not what he did when he made man politic.”

William Shakespeare (1564 to 1616), English writer

“Our nation faces great challenges.”

Ignazio Cassis, FDP spokesperson, at the Federal Council election

“The Swiss are an antediluvian people, they are constantly waiting for the flood.”

Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921 to 1990), Swiss writer

“Our nation faces great challenges.”

Tiana Angelina Moser, GLP spokesperson, at the Federal Council election

“Everything has already been said, but not yet by everyone.”

Karl Valentin (1882 to 1948), German comedian

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