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Karl Kraus Quotes

(1874-1936), Austrian Satirist

An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.

Category: Aphorisms And Epigrams

Children play soldier. That makes sense. But why do soldiers play children?

Category: Army And Navy

The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life.

Category: Beauty

A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants.

Category: Children

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

Category: Consciousness

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

Category: Corruption

Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.

Category: Crime And Criminals

Culture is the tacit agreement to let the means of subsistence disappear behind the purpose of existence. Civilization is the subordination of the latter to the former.

Category: Culture

Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.

Category: Democracy

The discovery of the North Pole is one of those realities which could not be avoided. It is the wages which human perseverance pays itself when it thinks that something is taking too long. The world needed a discoverer of the North Pole, and in all areas of social activity, merit was less important here than opportunity.

Category: Discovery

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

Category: Eccentricity

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.

Category: Education

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

Category: Education

A man's eroticism is a woman's sexuality.

Category: Eroticism

It is the style of idealism to console itself for the loss of something old with the ability to gape at something new.

Category: Ideals And Idealism