Bertolt Brecht Quotes

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Food comes first, then morals.


Life is short, and so is money.
— Bertolt Brecht
War is like love, it always finds a way.


Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.
— Bertolt Brecht
The man who laughs has not yet heard the news.
— Bertolt Brecht


When the praying does no good, insurance does help.


Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.
— Bertolt Brecht


No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.


Sometimes it's more important to be human, than to have good taste.
— Bertolt Brecht
Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.


Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is at his heels.
— Bertolt Brecht
If there are obstacles, the shortest line between two points may be the crooked line.


What a miserable thing life is: you're living in clover, only the clover isn't good enough.


In the dark times, will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing about the dark times.
— Bertolt Brecht
I love the people with their simple straightforward minds. It's only that their smell brings on my migraine.
— Bertolt Brecht

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The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.
— Bertolt Brecht
The human race...tends to remember the abuses to which it has been subjected rather than the endearments.  What's left of kisses?  Wounds however leave scars.


Art and science coincide insofar as both aim to improve the lives of men and women. The latter normally concerns itself with profit, the former with pleasure.

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