Quotes by: Karl Kraus

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There is no more unfortunate creature under the sun than a fetishist who yearns for a woman's shoe and has to settle for the whole woman.
Karl Kraus
My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.
Karl Kraus
Christian morality prefers remorse to precede lust, and then lust not to follow.
Karl Kraus
If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies.
Karl Kraus
Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work.
Karl Kraus
Culture is the tacit agreement to let the means of subsistence disappear behind the purpose of existence. Civilization is the subordination of the latter to the former.
Karl Kraus
How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print.
Karl Kraus
It is better not to express what one means than to express what one does not mean.
Karl Kraus
Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes.
Karl Kraus
A fine world in which man reproaches woman with fulfilling his heart's desire!
Karl Kraus
The sound principle of a topsy-turvy lifestyle in the framework of an upside-down world order has stood every test.
Karl Kraus
An idea's birth is legitimate if one has the feeling that one is catching oneself plagiarizing oneself.
Karl Kraus
Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.
Karl Kraus
Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.
Karl Kraus
Journalists write because they have nothing to say, and have something to say because they write.
Karl Kraus
Someone who can write aphorisms should not fritter away his time in essays.
Karl Kraus
The closer the look one takes at a word, the greater distance from which it looks back.
Karl Kraus
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