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Eduard Douwes Dekker (2 March 182019 February 1887), better known by his pen name Multatuli (from Latin multa tuli, "I have suffered much"), was a Dutch writer famous for his satirical novel Max Havelaar 1860, which denounced the abuses of colonialism in the Dutch East Indies (today's Indonesia).

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Multatuli "Eduard Douwes Dekker" : I love you so much that I'm glad I never met you.


  • Maybe nothing is completely true, and not even that.
    • Multatuli, Ideeën
  • One must live with all, e'en if life be hell: Crime makes shame, not monetary stricture
    • Multatuli, Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company
  • I would like to meet myself sometime to see how I would look to myself. But I'd have to be in an extremely good state of mind on such a day, because I don't like unpleasantness.
    • Multatuli, The Oyster and the Eagle: Selected Aphorisms and Parables
  • The entire morality of the world could be summarized in the words, do as others do.
    • Multatuli, The Oyster and the Eagle: Selected Aphorisms and Parables
  • Since I have the obligation to take care of the needs of my family, I have decided to use a talent which, I believe, has been given to me. I am a poet… Phew! You know, reader, what I and all sensible people think about that.
    • Multatuli, Max Havelaar, Ch. 3, p. 44

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