Karl Kraus Quotations

Karl Kraus

A journalist has no ideas and the ability to express them.

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

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

Education is a crutch with which the foolish attack the wise to prove that they are not idiots.

How is the world ruled and how do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists and then believe what they read.

I and my public understand each other very well: it does not hear what I say, and I don't say what it wants to hear.

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

Psychoanalysis is the mental illness it purports to cure.s

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

The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life.

There is no unhappier creature on earth than a fetishist who yearns for a woman's shoe and has to embrace the whole woman.

The secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so that they believe they are as clever as he.

To be sure, the dog is loyal. But why, on that account, should we take him as an example? He is loyal to men, not to other dogs.

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.

When someone behaves like a beast, he says: "After all, one is only human." But when he is treated like a beast, he says, "After all, one is human."