Bertolt Brecht

German dramatist and poet who developed a style of epic theater (1898-1956)

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First the grub, then the morals.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
A man who strains himself on the stage is bound, if he is any good, to strain all the people sitting in the stalls.Rate it:
Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.Rate it:
Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life.Rate it:
Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.Rate it:
For the villainy of the world is great, and a man has to run his legs off to keep them from being stolen out fom underneath him.Rate it:
Go make yourself a plan / And be a shining light. / Then make yourself a second plan, / For neither will come right.Rate it:
Grub first, then ethics.Rate it:
He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news.Rate it:
It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.Rate it:
No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.Rate it:
On thinking about Hell, I gather
My brother Shelley found it was a place
Much like the city of London. I
Who live in Los Angeles and not in London
Find, on thinking about Hell, that it must be
Still more like Los Angeles.
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Right is its own defense.Rate it:
Righteous people have no sense of humor.Rate it:
Science knows only one commandment -- contribute to science.Rate it:
Something ignoble, loathsome, undignified attends all associations between people and has been transferred to all objects, dwelling, tools, even the landscape itself.Rate it:
The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn.Rate it:
There are times when you have to choose between being a human and having good taste.Rate it:
Today every invention is received with a cry of triumph which soon turns into a cry of fear.Rate it:
War is like love it always finds a way.Rate it:
War is like love; it always finds a way.Rate it:
We need a type of theatre which not only releases the feelings, insights and impulses possible within the particular historical field of human relations in which the action takes place, but employs and encourages those thoughts and feelings which help transform the field itself.Rate it:
What happens to the hole when the cheese is goneRate it:
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?Rate it:
Why be a man when you can be a successRate it:
Why be a man when you can be a success?Rate it:

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