Karl Kraus Quotes

Found 121 quotes by Karl Kraus .
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"Satires which the censor can understand are justly forbidden" Karl Kraus
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"Curses on the law! Most of my fellow citizens are the sorry consequences of uncommitted abortions" Karl Kraus
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Consequences   

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"Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work." Karl Kraus
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Austrian Writer    Democracy   

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"I am already so popular that anyone who vilifies me becomes more popular than I am" Karl Kraus
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"The closer the look one takes at a word, the greater distance from which it looks back." Karl Kraus
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"The devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people meaner" Karl Kraus
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"It is the style of idealism to console itself for the loss of something old with the ability to gape at something new." Karl Kraus
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Ability    Austrian Writer   

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"War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off." Karl Kraus
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Expectation   

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"No ideas and the ability to express them - that's a journalist" Karl Kraus
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Ability   

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"Progress celebrates victories over nature. Progress makes purses out of human skin. When people were traveling in mail coaches, the world got ahead better than it does now that salesmen fly through the air. What good is speed if the brain has oozed out on the way? How will the heirs of this age be taught the most basic motions that are necessary to activate the most complicated machines? Nature can rely on progress; it will avenge it for the outrage it has perpetrated on it." Karl Kraus
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Progress   

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"Love between sexes is a sin in theology, a forbidden intercourse in jurisprudence, a mechanical insult in medicine, and a subject philosophy has no time for." Karl Kraus
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Love   

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"Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden" Karl Kraus
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Language   

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"Adults who still derive childlike pleasure from hanging gifts of a ready-made education on the Christmas tree of a child waiting outside the door to life do not realize how unreceptive they are making the children to everything that constitutes the true surprise of life." Karl Kraus
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Education   

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"The trouble with Germans is not that they fire shells, but that they engrave them with quotations from Kant" Karl Kraus
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"When a man is treated like a beast, he says, 'After all, I'm human.' When he behaves like a beast, he says 'After all, I'm only human.'" Karl Kraus
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Austrian Writer    Man   

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"When a culture feels that its end has come, it sends for a priest." Karl Kraus
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Culture    Religious   

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"Do not learn more than you absolutely need to get through life" Karl Kraus
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Life   

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"In these great times which I knew when they were this small; which will become small again, provided they have time left for it in these times in which things are happening that could not be imagined and in which what can no longer be imagined must happen, for if one could imagine it, it would not happen; in these serious times which have died laughing at the thought that they might become serious; which, surprised by their own tragedy, are reaching for diversion and, catching themselves red-handed, are groping for words... in these times you should not expect any words of my own from me -- none but these words which barely manage to prevent silence from being misinterpreted." Karl Kraus
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Modern And Modernism   

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"An aphorism never coincides with the truth: it is either a half-truth or one-and-a-half truths." Karl Kraus
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"The immorality of men triumphs over the amorality of women." Karl Kraus
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Morality   

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"The discovery of the North Pole is one of those realities which could not be avoided. It is the wages which human perseverance pays itself when it thinks that something is taking too long. The world needed a discoverer of the North Pole, and in all areas of social activity, merit was less important here than opportunity." Karl Kraus
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