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.
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.
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.
Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.
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.
Go make yourself a plan / And be a shining light. / Then make yourself a second plan, / For neither will come right.
Grub first, then ethics.
He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news.
It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.
No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.
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.
Right is its own defense.
Righteous people have no sense of humor.
Science knows only one commandment -- contribute to science.
Something ignoble, loathsome, undignified attends all associations between people and has been transferred to all objects, dwelling, tools, even the landscape itself.
The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn.
There are times when you have to choose between being a human and having good taste.
Today every invention is received with a cry of triumph which soon turns into a cry of fear.
War is like love it always finds a way.
War is like love; it always finds a way.
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.
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
Why be a man when you can be a success
Why be a man when you can be a success?

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