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  • 201.
    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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  • 202.
    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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  • 203.
    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).
  • 204.
    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).
  • 205.
    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).
  • 206.
    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).
  • 207.
    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).
  • 208.
    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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  • 209.
    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).
  • 210.
    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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