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  • Children play soldier. That makes sense. But why do soldiers play children?
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In Half-Truths and One-And-A Half-Truths: Selected Aphorisms, "In This War We Are Dealing ...," ed. Harry Zohn (1976). Sprüche und Widersprüche, ch. 4 (1909).

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  • A plagiarist should be made to copy the author a hundred times.
    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).
  • The real truths are those that can be invented.
    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).
  • A man's eroticism is a woman's sexuality.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In Half-Truths and One-And-A Half-Truths: Selected Aphorisms, "Not for Women but Against Men," ed. Harry Zohn (1976). Sprüche und Widersprüche, ch. 1 (1909).

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  • If you wish to form a clear judgment on your friends, consult your dreams.
    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).
  • Scandal begins when the police put a stop to it.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. Sprüche und Widersprüche, ch. 2 (1901), trans. in Half-Truths and One-And-A Half-Truths: Selected Aphorisms, "Lord, Forgive Them," ed. Harry Zohn (1976).
  • The secret of the demagogue is to appear as dumb as his audience so that these people can believe themselves as smart as he is.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. Trans. as Half-Truths and One-And-A Half-Truths, "Lord, Forgive them ...," ed. Harry Zohn (1976). Sprüche und Widersprüche, ch. 4 (1909).

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  • The closer one looks at a word, the greater the distance from which it looks back.
    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).
  • My language is the common prostitute that I turn into a virgin.
    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).
  • Virginity is the ideal of those who want to deflower.
    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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