Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht

German - Austrian writer

Lived 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.
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    Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
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    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.
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    A man who strains himself on the stage is bound, if he is any good, to strain all the people sitting in the stalls.
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
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    Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.
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    Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.
    Source: Referring to Arturo Ui (representing Adolf Hitler), in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (1941)
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    Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.
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    Don't tell me peace has broken out, when I've just bought some new supplies.
    Source: Mother Courage sc. 8
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    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
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    Every day, to earn my daily bread
    I go to the market where lies are bought
    Hopefully
    I take up my place among the sellers.
    Source: Poems, 1913-1956 Hollywood (1942)
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