Karl Kraus

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Karl Kraus was an Austrian writer and journalist, known as a satirist, essayist, aphorist, playwright and poet. He is regarded as one of the foremost German-language satirists of the 20th century, especially for his witty criticism of the press, German culture, and German and Austrian politics.

Kraus was born into a wealthy Je ...
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Your Flaw
That flaw of yours, that vent - I love it, dear;
it’s part of you
and ranks with me among your finest features.
Here In This Land
Here in this land no one gets ridicule
but he who tells the truth. He then must stand
defenseless and attract some smirking, cool
This talk of merger gets me upset –
I care for no Austro-German reunion.
With Germany I have no communion –
Fortuitous Poem
I divide the people I don’t greet into four groups.

There are those whom I don’t greet in order not to compromise myself
This is the simplest group.
With Stopwatch In Hand
Berlin, 22 September 1916.
On 17 September one of our
submarines sank a fully
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11 November 2014
War: first, one hopes to win; then one expects the enemy to lose; then, one is satisfied that he too is suffering; in the end, one is surprised that everyone has lost.
11 November 2014
Anesthesia: wounds without pain. Neurasthenia: pain without wounds.
11 November 2014
An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.
11 November 2014
One can translate an editorial but not a poem. For one can go across the border naked but not without one's skin; for, unlike clothes, one cannot get a new skin.
11 November 2014
The devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people worse than they are.


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