Bertolt Brecht Sayings and Quotes

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


There are men who struggle for a day and they are good. There are men who struggle for a year and they are better. There are men who struggle many years, and they are better still. But there are those who struggle all their lives: These are the indispensable ones.     

Bertolt Brecht

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.     

Bertolt Brecht

If there are obstacles, the shortest line between two points may be the crooked line.     

Bertolt Brecht

The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it.     

Bertolt Brecht

No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself.     

Bertolt Brecht

Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions.     

Bertolt Brecht

If art reflects life, it does so with special mirrors.     

Bertolt Brecht

Love is the desire to give, not to receive, something. Love is the art of producing something with the other's talents.     

Bertolt Brecht

If art reflects life, it does so with special mirrors.     

Bertolt Brecht

All the gang of those who rule us Hope our quarrels never stop Helping them to split and fool us So they can remain on top.     

Bertolt Brecht

Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.     

Bertolt Brecht

Food first, then morality.     

Bertolt Brecht

Such a lot is won when even a single man gets to his feet and says No     

Bertolt Brecht

When crimes begin to pile up they become invisible. When sufferings become unendurable the cries are no longer heard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer.     

Bertolt Brecht

Righteous people have no sense of humor.     

Bertolt Brecht

Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.     

Bertolt Brecht

Poverty makes you wise but it's a curse.     

Bertolt Brecht

Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.     

Bertolt Brecht

Impact lies in the vicinity of mistakes.     

Bertolt Brecht

Terrible is the temptation to be good.     

Bertolt Brecht

You can make a fresh start with your final breath.     

Bertolt Brecht

We're not responsible, he thought. This planet is a temporary affair. It's whizzing with all kinds of other ones, a whole range of planetary stuff, toward a star in the Milky Way. On that kind of a planet we're not responsible, he thought.     

Bertolt Brecht

What a miserable thing life is: you're living in clover, only the clover isn't good enough.     

Bertolt Brecht

You have to attack once the truth is too weak to defend itself.     

Bertolt Brecht

Sometimes I have visions of myself driving through hell, selling sulphur and brimstone, or through heaven peddling refreshments to the roaming souls. If me and the children I've got left could find a place where there's no shooting, I wouldn't mind a few years of peace and quiet.     

Bertolt Brecht