Karl Kraus Quotes

Journalists write because they have nothing to say, and have something to say because they write. Karl Kraus

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer. Karl Kraus

A journalist is stimulated by a deadline: he writes worse when he has time. Karl Kraus

A weak man has doubts before a decision, a strong man has them afterwards. Karl Kraus

Satires which the censor can understand are justly forbidden. Karl Kraus

Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match. Karl Kraus

Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country. Karl Kraus

Psychoanalysis is the mental illness it purports to cure. Karl Kraus

A school without grades must have been concocted by someone who was drunk on non-alcoholic wine. Karl Kraus

Humanity is the washerwoman of society that wrings out its dirty laundry in tears. Karl Kraus

There is no doubt that a dog is loyal. But does that mean we should emulate him? After all, he is loyal to people, not to other dogs. Karl Kraus

A man’s eroticism is a woman’s sexuality. Karl Kraus

A philistine is habitually bored and looks for things that won’t bore him. An artist finds things boring, but is never bored. Karl Kraus

Psychoanalysis is the mental illness it purports to cure. Karl Kraus

There are people who can never forgive a beggar for their not having given him anything. Karl Kraus

The devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people worse than they are. Karl Kraus

Virginity is the ideal of those who want to deflower. Karl Kraus

The world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable. Karl Kraus