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KARL KRAUS
Austrian satirist
(1874 - 1936)

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
      - [Writers]

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

Christian morality prefers remorse to precede lust, and then lust not to follow.
      - [Christian]

Do not learn more than you absolutely need to get through life.
      - [Learning]

Feminine passion is to masculine as an epic is to an epigram.
      - [Passion]

He who does without the praise of the crowd will not deny himself an opportunity to be his own adherent.
      - [Praise]

Jealousy is a dog's bark which attracts thieves.
      - [Jealousy]

Matrimony is the union of meanness and martyrdom.
      - [Marriage]

My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.
      - [Psychology]

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

Progress, under whose feet the grass mourns and the forest turns into paper from which newspaper plants grow, has subordinated the purpose of life to the means of subsistence and turned us into the nuts and bolts for our tools.
      - [Progress]

Satires which the censor can understand are justly forbidden.
      - [Censorship]

Sentimental irony is a dog that bays at the moon while pissing on graves.
      - [Irony]

Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.
      - [Solitude]

Someone who can write aphorisms should not fritter away his time in essays.
      - [Aphorisms]

Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match.
      - [Stupidity]

The mission of the press is to spread culture while destroying the attention span.
      - [Journalism]

The real truths are those that can be invented.
      - [Truth]

Virginity is the ideal of those who want to deflower.
      - [Virgins]

What good is speed if the brain has oozed out on the way?
      - [Haste]

You don't even live once.
      - [Living]

You would be surprised how hard it often is to translate an action into thought.
      - [Action]


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