Quotations From KARL KRAUS


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  • Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. Sprüche und Widersprüche, ch. 4 (1909), trans. in Half-Truths and One-And-A Half-Truths, "Lord, Forgive Them ...," ed. Harry Zohn (1976).
  • To be human is erroneous.
    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).
  • Penalties serve to deter those who are not inclined to commit any crimes.
    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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  • Chastity always takes its toll. In some it produces pimples; in others, sex laws.
    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).
  • Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.
    Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. first published in Die Fackel, no. 288 (Vienna, October 11, 1909). Quoted in Thomas Szasz, Anti-Freud: Karl Kraus's Criticism of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry, ch. 8 (1976).

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  • A poem is good until one knows by whom it is.
    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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  • Sex education is legitimate in that girls cannot be taught soon enough how children don't come into the world.
    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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