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Bertolt Brecht Quotes and Sayings

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Because things are the way they are,
things will not stay the way they are.
- Bertolt Brecht

Related topics: Change

Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life.
- Bertolt Brecht

Science knows only one commandment -
contribute to science.
- Bertolt Brecht

What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?
- Bertolt Brecht

 

No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.
- Bertolt Brecht

People remain what they are even if their faces fall apart.
- Bertolt Brecht

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.
- Bertolt Brecht

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War is like love; it always finds a way.
- Bertolt Brecht

To live means to finesse the processes to which one is subjugated.
- Bertolt Brecht

Right is its own defense.
- Bertolt Brecht

Everyone needs help from everyone.
- Bertolt Brecht

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes,
but quickly to see how to make them good.
- Bertolt Brecht

Grub first, then ethics.
- Bertolt Brecht

Sometimes it's more important to be human,
than to have good taste.
- Bertolt Brecht

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.
- Bertolt Brecht

Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.
- Bertolt Brecht

Whenever there are great virtues, it's a sure sign something's wrong.
- Bertolt Brecht

No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself.
- Bertolt Brecht

Why be a man when you can be a success?
- Bertolt Brecht

Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that
happiness is right at their heels.
- Bertolt Brecht

People are too durable, that's their main trouble.
They can do too much to themselves, they last too long.
- Bertolt Brecht

Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.
- Bertolt Brecht

He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news.
- Bertolt Brecht

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.
- Bertolt Brecht

It's all right to hesitate if you then go ahead.
- Bertolt Brecht

What a miserable thing life is: you're living in clover,
only the clover isn't good enough.
- Bertolt Brecht

What's breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank?
- Bertolt Brecht

Poverty makes you sad as well as wise.
- Bertolt Brecht

From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.
- Bertolt Brecht

There are many elements to a campaign.
Leadership is number one.
Everything else is number two.
- Bertolt Brecht

Poverty makes you wise but it's a curse.
- Bertolt Brecht

Don't tell me peace has broken out.
- Bertolt Brecht

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht

The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers
themselves are taught to learn.
- Bertolt Brecht

It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.
- Bertolt Brecht

The defeats and victories of the fellows at the top
aren't always defeats and victories for the fellows at the bottom.
- Bertolt Brecht

You don't need to pray to God any more when there are storms in the sky,
but you do have to be insured.
- Bertolt Brecht

Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.
- Bertolt Brecht

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.
- Bertolt Brecht

Mixing one's wines may be a mistake,
but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
- Bertolt Brecht

Temptation to behave is terrible.
- Bertolt Brecht

Society cannot share a common communication system
so long as it is split into warring factions.
- Bertolt Brecht

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves
to recognize how good things really are.
- Marianne Williamson

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
the courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
- Reinhold Niebuhr (Serenity Prayer)

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We don't see things as they are,
we see things as we are.
- Anais Nin

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

All things share the same breath -
the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.
- Chief Seattle (attributed)

I am one with the Earth,
with the Water, with the Fire,
with the Air that I breathe,
with all Living Things,
and we are all one with Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Do all things with love.
- Og Mandino

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Stand often in the company of dreamers.
They believe you can achieve impossible things.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The best and most beautiful things in the world
cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.
- Helen Keller

If things are not as you wish,
wish them as they are.
- Yiddish Proverb

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

Do not allow obligation or immediacy to
bind you to physical things or specific actions.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes the things you really want
sneak in the back door.
Notice.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A time for work, a time for play -
balance in all things.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

It all depends on how we look at things,
and not how they are in themselves.
- Carl Jung

You will do foolish things,
but do them with enthusiasm.
- Colette

Things turn out best for the people
who make the best of the way things turn out.
- Art Linkletter

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith


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