Karl Kraus

Karl Kraus (April 28, 1874 - June 12, 1936) was an Austrian writer and journalist, known as a satirist, essayist, aphorist, playwright and poet. He is regarded as one of the foremost German-language satirists of the 20th century, especially for his witty criticism of the press, German culture, and German and Austrian politics

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A weak man has doubts before a decision, a strong man has them afterwards.
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.
An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.
Chastity always takes its toll. In some it produces pimples; in others, sex laws.
Education is what most receive, many pass on, and few possess.
Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.
He who does without the praise of the crowd will not deny himself an opportunity to be his own adherent.
He who sleeps half a day has won half a life.
How is the world ruled and how do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists and then believe what they read.
It is the style of idealism to console itself for the loss of something old with the ability to gape at something new.
Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes.
Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.
Life is an effort that deserves a better cause.
Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis.
Progress celebrates victories over nature. Progress makes purses out of human skin. When people were traveling in mail coaches, the world got ahead better than it does now that salesmen fly through the air. What good is speed if the brain has oozed out on the way? How will the heirs of this age be taught the most basic motions that are necessary to activate the most complicated machines? Nature can rely on progress; it will avenge it for the outrage it has perpetrated on it.
Psychoanalysis is that mental illnes for which it regards itself a therapy.
Psychoanalysts are father confessors who like to listen to the sins of the father as well.
Sexual enlightenment is justified insofar as girls cannot learn too soon how children do not come into the world.
Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.
The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life.
The making of a journalist: no ideas and the ability to express them.
The world has become uglier since it began to look into a mirror every day; so let us settle for the mirror image and do without an inspection of the original.
The world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable.
What torture, this life in society! Often someone is obliging enough to offer me a light, and in order to oblige him I have to fish a cigarette out of my pocket.
Where do I find the time for not reading so many books?

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