Karl Kraus

28 Apr 1874 // 12 Jun 1936
Writer / Journalist


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The secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so that they believe they are as clever as he
The devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people meaner
It is better not to express what one means than to express what one does not mean
I am already so popular that anyone who vilifies me becomes more popular than I am
Hate must make a man productive. Otherwise one might as well love
Education is what most receive, many pass on, and few possess
A weak man has doubts before a decision, a strong man has them afterwards
A woman occasionally is quite a serviceable substitute for masturbation. It takes an abundance of imagination, to be sure
It so often happened to me that someone who shared my opinion kept the larger share for himself that I am now forewarned and offer people only ideas
Many share my views with me. But I don't share them with them
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."