Karl Kraus Quotes

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Art serves to rinse out our eyes.


Family life is an encroachment on private life.


Science is spectral analysis. Art is light syntheses.
— Karl Kraus
Truth is a clumsy servant that breaks the dishes while cleaning them.


Stupidity gets up early; that is why events are accustomed to happening in the morning.


An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.


An aphorism need not be true, but it should surpass the truth. It must go beyond it with one leap.


Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.
— Karl Kraus


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


'A cigar,' said the altruist, 'a cigar, my good man, I cannot give you. But any time you need a light, just come around; mine is always lit.'
— Karl Kraus

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