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Karl Kraus Quotes

(1874-1936), Austrian Satirist

Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work.

Category: Idleness

Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.

Category: Irony

If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies.

Category: Journalism And Journalists

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.

Category: Journalism And Journalists

Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.

Category: Language

Do not learn more than you absolutely need to get through life.

Category: Learning

Matrimony is the union of meanness and martyrdom.

Category: Marriage

The press, that goiter of the world, swells up with the desire for conquest and bursts with the achievements which every day brings. A week has room for the boldest climax of the human drive for expansion.

Category: Media

In these great times which I knew when they were this small; which will become small again, provided they have time left for it in these times in which things are happening that could not be imagined and in which what can no longer be imagined must happen, for if one could imagine it, it would not happen; in these serious times which have died laughing at the thought that they might become serious; which, surprised by their own tragedy, are reaching for diversion and, catching themselves red-handed, are groping for words... in these times you should not expect any words of my own from me -- none but these words which barely manage to prevent silence from being misinterpreted.

Category: Modern And Modernism

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

Category: Morality

The immorality of men triumphs over the amorality of women.

Category: Morality

News reports stand up as people, and people wither into editorials. Clichés walk around on two legs while men are having theirs shot off.

Category: News

Progress celebrates victories over nature. Progress makes purses out of human skin. When people were traveling in mail coaches, the world got ahead better than it does now that salesmen fly through the air. What good is speed if the brain has oozed out on the way? How will the heirs of this age be taught the most basic motions that are necessary to activate the most complicated machines? Nature can rely on progress; it will avenge it for the outrage it has perpetrated on it.

Category: Progress

Progress, under whose feet the grass mourns and the forest turns into paper from which newspaper plants grow, has subordinated the purpose of life to the means of subsistence and turned us into the nuts and bolts for our tools.

Category: Progress

The psychoanalysts pick our dreams as if they were our pockets.

Category: Psychoanalysis