Karl Kraus Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old karl kraus quotes, karl kraus sayings, and karl kraus proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Karl Kraus

Hate must make a man productive. Otherwise one might as well love.     

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

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Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.     

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To be perfect, one lacks only a defect.     

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How unreliable is the woman caught being faithful! Today she is faithful to you, tomorrow to another.     

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

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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.     

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Morality is a burglar's tool whose merit lies in never being left behind at the scene of the crime.     

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

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The superman is a premature ideal, one that presupposes man.     

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

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

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Immortality is the only thing which doesn't tolerate being postponed.     

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

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

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Cosmetics is the science of a woman's cosmos.     

Karl Kraus

A good stylist should have narcissistic enjoyment as he works. He must be able to objectivize his work to such an extent that he catches himself feeling envious and has to jog his memory to find that he is himself the creator. In short, he must display that highest degree of objectivity which the world calls vanity.     

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Diplomacy is a game of chess in which the nations are checkmated.     

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Satire chooses and knows no objects. It arises by fleeing from them and their forcing themselves upon it.     

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A journalist is stimulated by a deadline. He writes worse when he has time.     

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

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On the stage one must not confuse the nature of a personality with the naturalness of a person.     

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

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

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The superman is a premature ideal, one that presupposes man.     

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

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The streets of Vienna are paved with culture, the streets of other cities with asphalt.     

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Let language be the divining rod that finds the sources of thought.     

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The difference between psychiatrists and other mentally disturbed people is something like the relationship between concave and convex madness.     

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