Bertolt Brecht

(Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht)

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Art and science coincide insofar as both aim to improve the lives of men and women. The latter normally concerns itself with profit, the former with pleasure. In the coming age, art will fashion our entertainment out of new means of productivity in ways that will simultaneously enhance our profit and maximize our pleasure. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
For we went, changing our country more often than our shoes In the class war, despairing When there was only injustice and no resistance Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I came to the cities in a time of disorder When hunger ruled. I came among men in a time of uprising And I revolted with them. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Little changes are the enemies of great changes. Management & Managing Government
Realist writing, of which history offers many widely varying examples, is likewise conditioned by the question of how, when and for what class it is made use of. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Science knows only one commandment—contribute to science. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The defeats and victories for the people at the top aren't defeats and victories for the people at the bottom. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The law is solely made for the exploitation of those who do not understand it. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Those who have had no share in the good fortunes of the mighty often have a share in their misfortunes. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Unlucky is the country that needs a hero. Leaders & Leadership
What’s breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank? Bureaucracy
Who built the seven towers of Thebes? The books are filled with the names of kings. Was it kings who hauled the craggy blocks of stone?. In the evening when the Chinese wall was finished History
Would it not be easier...for the government to dissolve the people and elect another? Voters, Voting & Elections ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life. Life ;Death
Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life. Life ;Death
Don't tell me peace has broken out. War & Peace
Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels. Happiness & Unhappiness
Everyone needs help from everyone.
From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.
Grub first, then ethics.
He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news.
Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.
Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.
It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.
It's all right to hesitate if you then go ahead.
Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.
No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself.
One forgets too easily the difference between a man and his image, and that there is none between the sound of his voice on the screen and in real life. Life
People are too durable, that's their main trouble. They can do too much to themselves, they last too long.
People remain what they are even if their faces fall apart.
Poverty makes you sad as well as wise. Money, Coins & Minting
Poverty makes you wise but it's a curse.
Right is its own defense.
Science knows only one commandment - contribute to science. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions. Society ;Communication & Communications
Sometimes it's more important to be human, than to have good taste.
Temptation to behave is terrible.
The defeats and victories of the fellows at the top aren't always defeats and victories for the fellows at the bottom.
The finest plans have always been spoiled by the littleness of them that should carry them out. Even emperors can't do it all by themselves.
The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.
The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two. Leaders & Leadership
To live means to finesse the processes to which one is subjugated.
War is like love; it always finds a way. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;War & Peace
What a miserable thing life is: you're living in clover, only the clover isn't good enough. Life
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?
What they could do with 'round here is a good war. What else can you expect with peace running wild all over the place? You know what the trouble with peace is? No organization. War & Peace
What's breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank?
Whenever there are great virtues, it's a sure sign something's wrong.
Why be a man when you can be a success? Success
You don't need to pray to God any more when there are storms in the sky, but you do have to be insured. Religion & God