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Karl Kraus

Birthdate: 28. April 1874
Date of death: 12. June 1936

Karl Kraus was an Austrian writer and journalist, known as a satirist, essayist, aphorist, playwright and poet. He directed his satire at the press, German culture, and German and Austrian politics. The Austrian author Stefan Zweig once called Kraus "the master of venomous ridicule" . He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times.

Works

„Psychoanalysis is that mental illness for which it regards itself as therapy.“

—  Karl Kraus

Half-Truths and One-And-A-Half Truths (1976)

„I am not for women but against men.“

—  Karl Kraus

Half-Truths and One-And-A-Half Truths (1976)

„Science is spectral analysis. Art is light synthesis.“

—  Karl Kraus

Half-Truths and One-And-A-Half Truths (1976)

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

—  Karl Kraus

Half-Truths and One-And-A-Half Truths (1976)

„The world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable.“

—  Karl Kraus

Half-Truths and One-And-A-Half Truths (1976)

„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.“

—  Karl Kraus

Half-Truths and One-And-A-Half Truths (1976)
Context: There is no doubt that a dog is loyal. But does that mean we should emulate him? After all, he is loyal to people, not to other dogs. http://books.google.com/books?id=T9V0j2sfPpUC&q=%22there+is+no+doubt+that+a+dog+is+loyal+but+does+that+mean+we+should+emulate+him+after+all+he+is+loyal+to+people+not+to+other+dogs%22&pg=PA109#v=onepage

„A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful.“

—  Karl Kraus

Half-Truths and One-And-A-Half Truths (1976)

„You don't even live once.“

—  Karl Kraus

Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths: Selected Aphorisms
Half-Truths and One-And-A-Half Truths (1976)

„Squeeze human nature into a straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear!“

—  Karl Kraus

Half-Truths and One-And-A-Half Truths (1976)

„An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.“

—  Karl Kraus

Die Fackel no. 270/71 (19 January 1909)
Die Fackel

„Nothing is more unfathomable than a woman's superficiality.“

—  Karl Kraus

Half-Truths and One-And-A-Half Truths (1976)

„My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.“

—  Karl Kraus

Die Fackel no. 445/53 (18 January 1917)
Die Fackel

„The woman takes one for all, and the man all for one.“

—  Karl Kraus

Half-Truths and One-And-A-Half Truths (1976)

„Only he is an artist who can make a riddle out of a solution.“

—  Karl Kraus

Half-Truths and One-And-A-Half Truths (1976)

„One of the most widespread diseases is diagnosis.“

—  Karl Kraus

Half-Truths and One-And-A-Half Truths (1976)

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