Karl Kraus

Karl Kraus
Karl Kraus
  • Born: April 28, 1874
  • Died: June 13, 1936
  • Nationality: Austrian
  • Profession: Writer

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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. Corruption
Diplomats lie to journalists, then believe the headlines. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Diplomats tell lies to journalists and then believe what they read. Discrimination & Prejudice
The agitator seizes the word. The artist is seized by it. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
War: First, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost. War & Peace
When a culture feels that its end has come, it sends for a priest. Religion & God
A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants.
A fine world in which man reproaches woman with fulfilling his heart's desire!
A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful.
A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer. Communication & Communications
An idea's birth is legitimate if one has the feeling that one is catching oneself plagiarizing oneself.
Children play soldier. That makes sense. But why do soldiers play children?
Christian morality prefers remorse to precede lust, and then lust not to follow.
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.
Curses on the law! Most of my fellow citizens are the sorry consequences of uncommitted abortions.
Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work. Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.
Do not learn more than you absolutely need to get through life. Life
Education is a crutch with which the foolish attack the wise to prove that they are not idiots. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Education is what most receive, many pass on, and few possess. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.
Feminine passion is to masculine as an epic is to an epigram.
He who does without the praise of the crowd will not deny himself an opportunity to be his own adherent.
How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print. War & Peace
I am already so popular that anyone who vilifies me becomes more popular than I am.
I and life: The case was settled chivalrously. The opponents parted without having made up. Life
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.
I don't like to meddle in my private affairs.
I had a terrible vision: I saw an encyclopedia walk up to a polymath and open him up.
If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies. Truth ;Life
It is better not to express what one means than to express what one does not mean.
It is the style of idealism to console itself for the loss of something old with the ability to gape at something new.
Jealousy is a dog's bark which attracts thieves.
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. Time
Journalists write because they have nothing to say, and have something to say because they write.
Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.
Matrimony is the union of meanness and martyrdom.
Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis.
My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.
No ideas and the ability to express them - that's a journalist. Communication & Communications
Psychoanalysis is that mental illness for which it regards itself as therapy.
Scandal begins when the police put a stop to it.
Science is spectral analysis. Art is light synthesis. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Sex education is legitimate in that girls cannot be taught soon enough how children don't come into the world. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families; well repressed, it unsettles the whole world.
Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.
Someone who can write aphorisms should not fritter away his time in essays. Time
Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear. Nature
Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match.
The closer the look one takes at a word, the greater distance from which it looks back.
The mission of the press is to spread culture while destroying the attention span.
The sound principle of a topsy-turvy lifestyle in the framework of an upside-down world order has stood every test.
The trouble with Germans is not that they fire shells, but that they engrave them with quotations from Kant.
There are people who can never forgive a beggar for their not having given him anything.
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.
To me all men are equal: there are jackasses everywhere, and I have the same contempt for them all.
Virginity is the ideal of those who want to deflower.
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.'
You'd be surprised how hard it can often be to translate an action into an idea.

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