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Karl Kraus Quotes

23 Karl Kraus quotes:

"Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden"
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Language Quotes
"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."
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Progress Quotes
"Progress, under whose feet the grass mourns and the forest turns into paper from which newspaper plants grow, has subordinated the purpose of life to the means of subsistence and turned us into the nuts and bolts for our tools."
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Progress Quotes
"The immorality of men triumphs over the amorality of women."
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Morality Quotes
"He who sleeps half a day has won half a life."
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Sleep Quotes
"Stupidity gets up early; that is why events are accustomed to happening in the morning."
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Stupidity Quotes
"My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious"
"Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust."
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Experience Quotes Austrian Writer Quotes
"The devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people meaner"
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Devil Quotes
"Adults who still derive childlike pleasure from hanging gifts of a ready-made education on the Christmas tree of a child waiting outside the door to life do not realize how unreceptive they are making the children to everything that constitutes the true surprise of life."
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Education Quotes
"The psychoanalysts pick our dreams as if they were our pockets."
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Dreams Quotes Psychoanalysis Quotes
"The discovery of the North Pole is one of those realities which could not be avoided. It is the wages which human perseverance pays itself when it thinks that something is taking too long. The world needed a discoverer of the North Pole, and in all areas of social activity, merit was less important here than opportunity."
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Discovery Quotes
"No ideas and the ability to express them - that's a journalist"
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Ability Quotes
"It is the style of idealism to console itself for the loss of something old with the ability to gape at something new."
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Ability Quotes Austrian Writer Quotes
"Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work."
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Democracy Quotes Austrian Writer Quotes
"An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half."
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Truth Quotes
"This is something that I cannot get over -- that a whole line could be written by half a man, that a work could be built on the quicksand of a character."
"A woman occasionally is quite a serviceable substitute for masturbation."
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Women Quotes
"An aphorism never coincides with the truth: it is either a half-truth or one-and-a-half truths."
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Truth Quotes
"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."
Author: Kraus Quotes Category: Conquest Quotes Media Quotes

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