Quotes by Karl Kraus

Karl Kraus

Karl Kraus

Austrian writer and journalist

Lived from: 1874 - 1936

Category: Writers (Contemporary) | Poets (Contemporary) Country: FlagAustria

Born: 28 april 1874 Died: 12 june 1936

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  • A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants.
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  • A man's eroticism is a woman's sexuality.
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  • A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
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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.
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  • An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.
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  • Children play soldier. That makes sense. But why do soldiers play children?
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  • Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.
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  • Culture is the tacit agreement to let the means of subsistence disappear behind the purpose of existence. Civilization is the subordination of the latter to the former.
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  • Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work.
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  • Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.
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  • Do not learn more than you absolutely need to get through life.
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  • Education is a crutch with which the foolish attack the wise to prove that they are not idiots.
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  • Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.
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  • He who sleeps half a day has won half a life.
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  • How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print.
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  • If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies.
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  • Intercourse with a woman is sometimes a satisfactory substitute for masturbation. But it takes a lot of imagination to make it work.
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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.
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  • Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes.
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  • Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.
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