110 Total Quotes

Karl Kraus Quotes

The devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people meaner
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#Devil

No ideas and the ability to express them - that's a journalist
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#Ability

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.
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#Progress

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

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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#Austrian Writer #Corruption

Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid
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#People

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

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

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.
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#Media #Conquest

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

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

The secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so that they believe they are as clever as he
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#Audience

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

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

Matrimony is the union of meanness and martyrdom
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#Martyrdom

Curses on the law! Most of my fellow citizens are the sorry consequences of uncommitted abortions
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#Consequences

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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#Ability #Austrian Writer

War is, at first, the hope that one will be better off; next, the expectation that the other fellow will be worse off; then, the satisfaction that he isn't any better off; and, finally, the surprise at everyone's being worse off.
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#Expectation

Love between sexes is a sin in theology, a forbidden intercourse in jurisprudence, a mechanical insult in medicine, and a subject philosophy has no time for.
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#Love

Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden
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#Language

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

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

Jealousy is a dog's bark which attracts thieves
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#Jealousy

A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful.
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#Austrian Writer