Karl Kraus

Karl Kraus

Austrian writer and journalist

Lived from: 1874-1936

Category: Media | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Karl Kraus

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    A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants.
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    A man's eroticism is a woman's sexuality.
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    A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
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    Adults who still derive childlike pleasure from hanging gifts of a ready-made education on the Christmas tree of a child waiting outside the door to life do not realize how unreceptive they are making the children to everything that constitutes the true surprise of life.
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    An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.
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    Children play soldier. That makes sense. But why do soldiers play children?
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    Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.
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    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.
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    Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work.
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    Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.
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    Do not learn more than you absolutely need to get through life.
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    Education is a crutch with which the foolish attack the wise to prove that they are not idiots.
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    Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.
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    He who sleeps half a day has won half a life.
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    How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print.
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