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There is no more unfortunate creature under the sun
by Karl Kraus

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.
- Karl Kraus

Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside.
Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.
- Karl Kraus

It is better not to express what one means than to
express what one does not mean.
- Karl Kraus

Christian morality prefers remorse to precede lust,
and then lust not to follow.
- Karl Kraus

 

The sound principle of a topsy-turvy lifestyle in the
framework of an upside-down world order has stood every test.
- Karl Kraus

There are people who can never forgive a beggar for
their not having given him anything.
- Karl Kraus

Psychoanalysis is that mental illness for which it
regards itself as therapy.
- 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

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

Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.
- Karl Kraus

The mission of the press is to spread culture while
destroying the attention span.
- Karl Kraus

How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie
to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print.
- Karl Kraus

To me all men are equal: there are jackasses everywhere,
and I have the same contempt for them all.
- Karl Kraus

A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful.
- Karl Kraus

Feminine passion is to masculine as an epic is to an epigram.
- Karl Kraus

Journalists write because they have nothing to say,
and have something to say because they write.
- Karl Kraus

Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.
- Karl Kraus

My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of
the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.
- Karl Kraus

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.
- Karl Kraus

The closer the look one takes at a word,
the greater distance from which it looks back.
- Karl Kraus

Jealousy is a dog's bark which attracts thieves.
- Karl Kraus

Corruption is worse than prostitution.
The latter might endanger the morals of an individual,
the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.
- Karl Kraus

Matrimony is the union of meanness and martyrdom.
- Karl Kraus

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

An idea's birth is legitimate if one has the feeling
that one is catching oneself plagiarizing oneself.
- Karl Kraus

Sex education is legitimate in that girls cannot be
taught soon enough how children don't come into the world.
- Karl Kraus

Someone who can write aphorisms should not fritter away his time in essays.
- Karl Kraus

Education is a crutch with which the foolish attack
the wise to prove that they are not idiots.
- Karl Kraus

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
- Karl Kraus

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.
- Karl Kraus

I had a terrible vision: I saw an encyclopedia walk
up to a polymath and open him up.
- Karl Kraus

Children play soldier.
That makes sense.
But why do soldiers play children?
- Karl Kraus

Education is what most receive, many pass on,
and few possess.
- Karl Kraus

Justice is a whore that won't let herself be stiffed,
and collects the wages of shame even from the poor.
- Karl Kraus

Scandal begins when the police put a stop to it.
- Karl Kraus

If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth,
he threatens our life with his lies.
- Karl Kraus

You would be surprised how hard it often is to translate an action into thought.
- Karl Kraus

I am already so popular that anyone who vilifies me
becomes more popular than I am.
- Karl Kraus

Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families;
well repressed,
it unsettles the whole world.
- Karl Kraus

He who does without the praise of the crowd will not
deny himself an opportunity to be his own adherent.
- Karl Kraus

A child learns to discard his ideals,
whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants.
- Karl Kraus

I don't like to meddle in my private affairs.
- Karl Kraus

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

I and life: The case was settled chivalrously.
The opponents parted without having made up.
- Karl Kraus

Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal
justice and crime will appear.
- Karl Kraus

A fine world in which man reproaches woman with fulfilling his heart's desire!
- Karl Kraus

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

Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.
- Karl Kraus

Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match.
- Karl Kraus

Morality is a venereal disease.
Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage,
boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis.
- Karl Kraus

Virginity is the ideal of those who want to deflower.
- Karl Kraus

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.
- Karl Kraus

Do not learn more than you absolutely need to get through life.
- Karl Kraus

Curses on the law!
Most of my fellow citizens are the sorry consequences
of uncommitted abortions.
- Karl Kraus

Science is spectral analysis.
Art is light synthesis.
- Karl Kraus

The trouble with Germans is not that they fire shells,
but that they engrave them with quotations from Kant.
- Karl Kraus

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.
- Leonardo da Vinci


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