Quotations From KARL KRAUS


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  • The immorality of men triumphs over the amorality of women.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In Half-Truths and One-And-A Half-Truths: Selected Aphorisms, ed. Harry Zohn (1976). "Not for Women but Against Men," ch. 2, Sprüche und Widersprüche (1909).

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  • Sexual enlightenment is that hardhearted process which for hygienic reasons forbids young people to satisfy their curiosity themselves.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).

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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.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. Quoted in Thomas Szasz, Anti-Freud: Karl Kraus's Criticism of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry, ch. 8 (1976). Pro Domo et Mundo, ch. 3-4 (1912).

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  • Psychoanalysts are father confessors who like to listen to the sins of the fathers as well.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).

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  • An idea's birth is legitimate if one has the feeling that one is catching oneself plagiarizing oneself.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).

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  • Science is spectral analysis. Art is light synthesis.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In Half-Truths and One-And-A Half-Truths: Selected Aphorisms, "Riddles out of Solutions," ed. Harry Zohn (1976). Pro Domo et Mundo, ch. 4 (1912).

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  • A snob is unreliable. The work he praises might just be good.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).

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  • I have decided many a stylistic problem first by my head, then by heads or tails.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).
  • Truth is a clumsy servant that breaks the dishes while washing them.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. Trans. in Half-Truths and One-And-A Half-Truths, "Lord, Forgive Them ...," ed .Harry Zohn (1976). Sprüche und Widersprüche, ch. 9 (1909).

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  • Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In Half-Truths and One-And-A Half-Truths: Selected Aphorisms, "Riddles Out of Solutions," ed. Harry Zohn (1976). Sprüche und Widersprüche, ch. 6 (1909).

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