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Karl Kraus Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Experience

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Matrimony is the union of meanness and martyrdom.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Appreciate again and again, freshly and naively,
the basic goods of life, with awe,
pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy,
however stale these experiences may have become to others.
- Abraham Maslow

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experiences of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened,
vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

The way to develop self-confidence
is to do the thing you fear
and get a record of successful experiences behind you.
- William Jennings Bryan

Honor your past, and all the consequences of that past.
Receive insight into relieving the pain
caused by past experiences and current attitudes toward life.
Observe life as it currently appears,
and then train yourself to observe life
from other perspectives that support a higher quality of living.
Re-consider your priorities.
Chart your Course.
Set Sail with Courage.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The human spirit ranges across a truly amazing
diversity of experiences and emotions -
the highest peaks and the lowest valleys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a series of experiences,
each one of which makes us bigger,
even though sometimes it is hard to realize this.
- Henry Ford

He who experiences the unity of life
sees his own Self in all beings,
and all beings in his own Self,
and looks on everything with an impartial eye.
- The Buddha

When we see the face of God
we shall know that we have always known it.
He has been a party to, has made, sustained
and moved moment by moment within,
all our earthly experiences of innocent love.
- C. S. Lewis

He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow,
for the root of all grief is attachment.
Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.
- Chanakya

Pain is a difficult companion. There's no getting around that.
But, if pain is to be a companion, searching and discovering
your own best ways to travel with that pain
will lead you to the joy that you long to have.
They are your paths, your ways and while my experience
and the experiences of others may inspire you,
ultimately it will be the choices you discover
and make for yourself that lead you to certain joy
in the midst of your challenges.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We are each responsible for all of our experiences.
- Louise L. Hay

Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between
his inner vision and its ultimate expression.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

I believe life's rich experiences need to be shared with others -
for me this is the way one builds knowledge.
- Pravs J

I think we are a product of all our experiences.
- Sanford I. Weill


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