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Karl Kraus Quotes

(1874-1936), Austrian Satirist

The ultimate aim of psychoanalysis is to attribute art to mental weakness, and then to trace the weakness back to the point where, according to analytic dogma, it originated -- namely, the lavatory.

Category: Psychoanalysis

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

Category: Religion

Scandal begins when the police put a stop to it.

Category: Scandal

Science is spectral analysis. Art is light synthesis.

Category: Science And Scientists

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.

Category: Self-image

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

Category: Sex

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

Category: Sexuality

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

Category: Sleep

Stupidity gets up early; that is why events are accustomed to happening in the morning.

Category: Stupidity

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

Category: War

War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost.

Category: War

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

Category: Wisdom

The closer the look one takes at a word, the greater distance from which it looks back.

Category: Words

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.

Category: Writers And Writing

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

Category: Writers And Writing