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Karl Kraus Quotes: "Someone who can write aphorisms should not fritter away his time in essays."

Someone who can write aphorisms should not fritter away his time in essays.




Karl Kraus Quotes: "Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country."

Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.




Karl Kraus Quotes: "I had a terrible vision: I saw an encyclopedia walk up to a polymath and open him up."

I had a terrible vision: I saw an encyclopedia walk up to a polymath and open him up.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "The sound principle of a topsy-turvy lifestyle in the framework of an upside-down world order has stood every test."

The sound principle of a topsy-turvy lifestyle in the framework of an upside-down world order has stood every test.




Karl Kraus Quotes: "An aphorism is never exactly true; it is either a half-truth or one-and-a-half truths."

An aphorism is never exactly true; it is either a half-truth or one-and-a-half truths.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer."

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "Newspapers have roughly the same relationship to life as fortune-tellers to metaphysics."

Newspapers have roughly the same relationship to life as fortune-tellers to metaphysics.




Karl Kraus Quotes: "Christianity has enriched the erotic meal with the appetizer of curiosity and spoiled it with the dessert of remorse."

Christianity has enriched the erotic meal with the appetizer of curiosity and spoiled it with the dessert of remorse.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "The devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people worse than they are."

The devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people worse than they are.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "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."

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.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "The secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so they believe they are clever as he."

The secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so they believe they are clever as he.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid."

Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.




Karl Kraus Quotes: "Anesthesia: wounds without pain. Neurasthenia: pain without wounds."

Anesthesia: wounds without pain. Neurasthenia: pain without wounds.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "Intercourse with a woman is sometimes a satisfactory substitute for masturbation. But it takes a lot of imagination to make it work."

Intercourse with a woman is sometimes a satisfactory substitute for masturbation. But it takes a lot of imagination to make it work.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "The pimp is the executive organ of immorality. The executive organ of morality is the blackmailer."

The pimp is the executive organ of immorality. The executive organ of morality is the blackmailer.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "Barbershop conversations are irrefutable proof that heads exist for the sake of hair."

Barbershop conversations are irrefutable proof that heads exist for the sake of hair.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "A weak man has doubts before a decision; a strong man has them afterwards."

A weak man has doubts before a decision; a strong man has them afterwards.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "No ideas and the ability to express them - that's a journalist."

No ideas and the ability to express them - that's a journalist.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "When a culture feels that its end has come, it sends for a priest."

When a culture feels that its end has come, it sends for a priest.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "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 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.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print."

How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust."

Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families; well repressed, it unsettles the whole world."

Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families; well repressed, it unsettles the whole world.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis."

Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "To me all men are equal: there are jackasses everywhere, and I have the same contempt for them all."

To me all men are equal: there are jackasses everywhere, and I have the same contempt for them all.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "This is something that I cannot get over -- that a whole line could be written by half a man, that a work could be built on the quicksand of a character."

This is something that I cannot get over -- that a whole line could be written by half a man, that a work could be built on the quicksand of a character.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "Moral responsibility is what is lacking in a man when he demands it of a woman."

Moral responsibility is what is lacking in a man when he demands it of a woman.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "Nationalism is the love which ties me to the blockheads of my country, to the insultors of my way of life, and to the desecrators of my language."

Nationalism is the love which ties me to the blockheads of my country, to the insultors of my way of life, and to the desecrators of my language.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "The unattractive thing about chauvinism is not so much the aversion to other nations as the love of one's own."

The unattractive thing about chauvinism is not so much the aversion to other nations as the love of one's own.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "An illusion of depth often occurs if a blockhead is a muddlehead at the same time"

An illusion of depth often occurs if a blockhead is a muddlehead at the same time



Karl Kraus Quotes: "Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave."

Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden."

Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "Since the law prohibits the keeping of wild animals and I get no enjoyment from pets, I prefer to remain unmarried."

Since the law prohibits the keeping of wild animals and I get no enjoyment from pets, I prefer to remain unmarried.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious."

My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "I and my public understand each other very well: it does not hear what I say, and I don't say what it wants to hear."

I and my public understand each other very well: it does not hear what I say, and I don't say what it wants to hear.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "A white lie is always pardonable. But he who tells the truth without compulsion merits no leniency."

A white lie is always pardonable. But he who tells the truth without compulsion merits no leniency.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "There is no more unfortunate creature under the sun than a fetishist who yearns for a woman's shoe and has to settle for the whole woman."

There is no more unfortunate creature under the sun than a fetishist who yearns for a woman's shoe and has to settle for the whole woman.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "When I want to go to sleep, I must first get a whole menagerie of voices to shut up. You wouldn't believe what a racket they make in my room."

When I want to go to sleep, I must first get a whole menagerie of voices to shut up. You wouldn't believe what a racket they make in my room.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "Education is a crutch with which the foolish attack the wise to prove that they are not idiots."

Education is a crutch with which the foolish attack the wise to prove that they are not idiots.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "How do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists, then believe what they read."

How do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists, then believe what they read.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "It is not true that one cannot live without a woman. It is simply that one cannot have lived without one."

It is not true that one cannot live without a woman. It is simply that one cannot have lived without one.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "My language is the common prostitute that I turn into a virgin."

My language is the common prostitute that I turn into a virgin.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "I can say with pride that I have spent days and nights not reading anything, and that with unflagging energy I use every moment toacquire gradually an encyclopedic lack of education."

I can say with pride that I have spent days and nights not reading anything, and that with unflagging energy I use every moment toacquire gradually an encyclopedic lack of education.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "He who sleeps half a day has won half a life."

He who sleeps half a day has won half a life.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "In Berlin, things are serious but not hopeless. In Vienna, they are hopeless but not serious."

In Berlin, things are serious but not hopeless. In Vienna, they are hopeless but not serious.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "Where do I find the time for not reading so many books?"

Where do I find the time for not reading so many books?



Karl Kraus Quotes: "One's need for loneliness is not satisfied if one sits at a table alone. There must be empty chairs as well."

One's need for loneliness is not satisfied if one sits at a table alone. There must be empty chairs as well.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "The mission of the press is to spread culture while destroying the attention span."

The mission of the press is to spread culture while destroying the attention span.



Karl Kraus Quotes: "Matrimony is the union of meanness and martyrdom."

Matrimony is the union of meanness and martyrdom.