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Karl Kraus quotes (56)

A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants.
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A fine world in which man reproaches woman with fulfilling his heart's desire!
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A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful.
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A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
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An idea's birth is legitimate if one has the feeling that one is catching oneself plagiarizing oneself.
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Children play soldier. That makes sense. But why do soldiers play children?
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Christian morality prefers remorse to precede lust, and then lust not to follow.
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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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Curses on the law! Most of my fellow citizens are the sorry consequences of uncommitted abortions.
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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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Education is what most receive, many pass on, and few possess.
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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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Feminine passion is to masculine as an epic is to an epigram.
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He who does without the praise of the crowd will not deny himself an opportunity to be his own adherent.
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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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I am already so popular that anyone who vilifies me becomes more popular than I am.
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I and life: The case was settled chivalrously. The opponents parted without having made up.
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I and my public understand each other very well: it does not hear what I say, and I don't say what it wants to hear.
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I don't like to meddle in my private affairs.
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I had a terrible vision: I saw an encyclopedia walk up to a polymath and open him up.
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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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It is better not to express what one means than to express what one does not mean.
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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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Jealousy is a dog's bark which attracts thieves.
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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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Journalists write because they have nothing to say, and have something to say because they write.
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Justice is a whore that won't let herself be stiffed, and collects the wages of shame even from the poor.
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Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.
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Matrimony is the union of meanness and martyrdom.
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Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis.
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My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.
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No ideas and the ability to express them - that's a journalist.
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Psychoanalysis is that mental illness for which it regards itself as therapy.
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Scandal begins when the police put a stop to it.
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Science is spectral analysis. Art is light synthesis.
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Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.
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Sex education is legitimate in that girls cannot be taught soon enough how children don't come into the world.
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Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families; well repressed, it unsettles the whole world.
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Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.
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Someone who can write aphorisms should not fritter away his time in essays.
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Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
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Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match.
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The closer the look one takes at a word, the greater distance from which it looks back.
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The mission of the press is to spread culture while destroying the attention span.
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The sound principle of a topsy-turvy lifestyle in the framework of an upside-down world order has stood every test.
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The trouble with Germans is not that they fire shells, but that they engrave them with quotations from Kant.
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There are people who can never forgive a beggar for their not having given him anything.
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There is no more unfortunate creature under the sun than a fetishist who yearns for a woman's shoe and has to settle for the whole woman.
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To me all men are equal: there are jackasses everywhere, and I have the same contempt for them all.
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Virginity is the ideal of those who want to deflower.
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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.'
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You would be surprised how hard it often is to translate an action into thought.
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