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Quotations From BERTOLT BRECHT

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  • 1.
    No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.
    Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, poet. First god, in The Good Woman of Setzuan, sc. 1a.
  • 2.
    You don't need to pray to God any more when there are storms in the sky, but you do have to be insured.
    Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, poet. Pelagea Vlasova, in The Mother, sc. 10.

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  • 3.
    What they could do with round here is a good war. What else can you expect with peace running wild all over the place? You know what the trouble with peace is? No organization.
    Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, poet. The sergeant, in Mother Courage and Her Children, sc. 1 (1939), trans. by Eric Bentley (1941).

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  • 4.
    Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
    Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, poet. The Singer, in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, prologue (1944).
  • 5.
    Food first, then morality.
    Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, poet. "What Keeps Mankind Alive?" Act 2, sc. 6, The Threepenny Opera.

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  • 6.
    A man who strains himself on the stage is bound, if he is any good, to strain all the people sitting in the stalls.
    Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, poet. repr. in Brecht on Theatre, pt. 1, ed. and trans. by John Willett (1964). "Emphasis on Sport," Berliner Börsen-Courier (February 6, 1926).

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  • 7.
    Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions.
    Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, poet. repr. In Brecht on Theatre, ed. and trans. by John Willett (1964). "A Short Organum for the Theatre," par. 55 (1949).
  • 8.
    Science knows only one commandment—contribute to science.
    Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, poet. Andrea, in The Life of Galileo, sc. 14 (1939), trans. by Howard Brenton (1980).
  • 9.
    Literary works cannot be taken over like factories, or literary forms of expression like industrial methods. Realist writing, of which history offers many widely varying examples, is likewise conditioned by the question of how, when and for what class it is made use of.
    Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German dramatist, poet. repr. In Brecht on Theatre, ed. and trans. by John Willett (1964). "The Popular and the Realistic," (written 1938, publ. 1958).

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  • 10.
    To live means to finesse the processes to which one is subjugated.
    Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German playwright, poet. On Politics and Society, "Notes on Philosophy," (1941). Brecht's view of individual survival under fascism and capitalism.
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