Quotations From KARL KRAUS


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  • Newspapers have roughly the same relationship to life as fortune tellers to metaphysics.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).

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  • A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In In These Great Times: A Karl Kraus Reader, ed. Harry Zohn (1976). "The Discovery of the North Pole," first published in Die Fackel (Vienna, 1909).

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  • In a well-run mental household there ought to be a thorough cleaning at the threshold of consciousness a few times a year.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).
  • Religion, morality, and patriotism are feelings that are manifested only when they are outraged.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).
  • Many desire to kill me, and many wish to spend an hour chatting with me. The law protects me from the former.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).
  • One must read all writers twice—the good as well as the bad. The one kind will be recognized; the other, unmasked.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).
  • Nowadays the thief cannot be distinguished from his victim. Neither has any valuable objects on him.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).
  • Education is what most people receive, many pass on, and few have.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).

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  • I had a terrible vision: I saw an encyclopedia walk up to a polymath and open him up.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).
  • There are people who can never forgive a beggar for their not having given him anything.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).

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