Karl Kraus Quotes

Children play at being soldiers. That is sensible. But why should soldiers play at being children?

The devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people meaner.

Newspapers have roughly the same relationship to life as fortune-tellers to metaphysics.

The mission of the press is to spread culture while destroying the attention span.

An illusion of depth often occurs if a blockhead is a muddlehead at the same time.

When someone behaves like a beast, he says: ‘After all, one is only human.’ But when he is treated like a beast, he says, ‘After all, one is human.’

Jealousy is a dog’s bark which attracts thieves.

To be sure, the dog is loyal. But why, on that account, should we take him as an example? He is loyal to man, not to other dogs.

Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.

Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work.