Quotes by: Karel Capek

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Karel Čapek
Born (1890-01-09)9 January 1890
Malé Svatoňovice, Austria-Hungary (today Czech Republic)
Died 25 December 1938(1938-12-25) (aged 48)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Pen name K. Č., B. Č.
Occupation Novelist, dramatist, journalist
Nationality Czech
Alma mater Charles University in Prague
Genre Science fiction, Political satire
Notable works R.U.R
Válka s mloky (War with the Newts)
Bílá nemoc (The White Disease)
Továrna na absolutno (The Absolute at Large)
Krakatit
Notable awards Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (in memoriam)
Spouse Olga Scheinpflugová
Relatives Josef Čapek (brother)
Helena Čapková (sister)

Any acceleration constitutes progress, Miss Glory. Nature had no understanding of the modern rate of work. From a technical standpoint the whole of childhood is pure nonsense. Simply wasted time. An untenable waste of time.
Karel Capek
Cognition is not fighting, but once someone knows a lot, he will have much to fight for, so much that he will be called a relativist because of it.
Karel Capek
Great God of the Ants, thou hast granted victory to thy servants. I appoint thee honorary Colonel.
Karel Capek
Robots of the world, you are ordered to exterminate the human race. Do not spare the men. Do not spare the women. Preserve only the factories, railroads, machines, mines, and raw materials. Destroy everything else. Then return to work. Work must not cease.
Karel Capek
It was a great thing to be a human being. It was something tremendous. Suddenly I'm conscious of a million sensations buzzing in me like bees in a hive. Gentlemen, it was a great thing.
Karel Capek
My dear Miss Glory, Robots are not people. They are mechanically more perfect than we are, they have an astounding intellectual capacity, but they have no soul.
Karel Capek
Much melancholy has devolved upon mankind, and it is detestable to me that might will triumph in the end.
Karel Capek
I've found a place that would amaze you. People used to live there, but now it's all overgrown and no one goes there. Absolutely no one - only me... Just a little house and a garden. And two dogs.
Karel Capek
One never knows whether people have principles on principle or whether for their own personal satisfaction.
Karel Capek
Relativism is not indifference; on the contrary, passionate indifference is necessary in order for you not to hear the voices that oppose your absolute decrees.
Karel Capek
You still stand watch, O human star, burning without a flicker, perfect flame, bright and resourceful spirit. Each of your rays a great idea - O torch which passes from hand to hand, from age to age, world without end.
Karel Capek
Socialism is good when it comes to wages, but it tells me nothing when it comes to other questions in life that are more private and painful, for which I must seek answers elsewhere.
Karel Capek
If dogs could talk, perhaps we would find it as hard to get along with them as we do with people.
Karel Capek
Be these people either Conservatives or Socialists, Yellows or Reds, the most important thing is - and that is the point I want to stress - that all of them are right in the plain and moral sense of the word.
Karel Capek
People should be a little loony, Helena. That's the best thing about them.
Karel Capek
Wherever on this planet ideals of personal freedom and dignity apply, there you will find the cultural inheritance of England.
Karel Capek
Relativism is neither a method of fighting, nor a method of creating, for both of these are uncompromising and at times even ruthless; rather, it is a method of cognition.
Karel Capek
There came into the world an unlimited abundance of everything people need. But people need everything except unlimited abundance.
Karel Capek
I certainly don't know if you could claim that every theft is wrong, but I'll prove to you that every theft is forbidden, by simply locking you up.
Karel Capek
Robots do not hold on to life. They can't. They have nothing to hold on with - no soul, no instinct. Grass has more will to live than they do.
Karel Capek
If one must fight or create, it is necessary that this be preceded by the broadest possible knowledge.
Karel Capek
You can have a revolution wherever you like, except in a government office; even were the world to come to an end, you'd have to destroy the universe first and then government offices.
Karel Capek
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