Quotes by Bertolt Brecht
German - Austrian writer
Alive from: 1898-1956
Category: Writers (Contemporary)
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The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn.
Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
Right is its own defense.
A man who sees another man on the street corner with only a stump for an arm will be so shocked the first time he'll give him sixpence. But the second time it'll only be a three penny bit. And if he sees him a third time, he'll have him cold-bloodedly handed over to the police.
A man who strains himself on the stage is bound, if he is any good, to strain all the people sitting in the stalls.
And I always thought: the very simplest words
Must be enough. When I say what things are like
Everyone's heart must be torn to shreds.
That you'll go down if you don't stand up for yourself
Surely you see that.Source: Poems, 1913-1956 And I always thought [Und ich dachte immer] (c. 19
And the shark he has his teeth and
There they are for all to see
And Macheath he has his knife but
No one knows where it may be.Source: The Threepenny Opera The Moritat of Mackie the Knife in Prologue, p. 3
And when she was finished they laid her in earth
Flowers growing, butterflies juggling over her...
She, so light, barely pressed the earth down
How much pain it took to make her as light as that!Source: Poems, 1913-1956 To my mother [Meiner Mutter] (May 1920), trans. Jo
Andrea: Unhappy is the land that breeds no hero.
Galileo: No, Andrea: Unhappy is the land that needs a hero.Source: Life of Galileo Scene 12, p. 115
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.
Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.
Don't tell me peace has broken out, when I've just bought some new supplies.Source: Mother Courage sc. 8
Events cast long shadows before.
One such event would be a war.
But how are shadows to be seen
When total darkness fills the screen?Source: Poems, 1913-1956 Alphabet [Alfabet] from Five Childrens Songs (1934
Every day, to earn my daily bread
I go to the market where lies are bought
I take up my place among the sellers.Source: Poems, 1913-1956 Hollywood (1942)