Kurt Tucholský quotes

Kurt Tucholský photo
7   2

Kurt Tucholský

Birthdate: 9. January 1890
Date of death: 21. December 1935

Advertisement

Kurt Tucholsky was a German-Jewish journalist, satirist and writer. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Kaspar Hauser , Peter Panter, Theobald Tiger and Ignaz Wrobel. Born in Berlin-Moabit, he moved to Paris in 1924 and then to Sweden in 1929.

Tucholsky was one of the most important journalists of the Weimar Republic. As a politically engaged journalist and temporary co-editor of the weekly magazine Die Weltbühne he proved himself to be a social critic in the tradition of Heinrich Heine. He was simultaneously a satirist, an author of satirical political revues, a songwriter and a poet. He saw himself as a left-wing democrat and pacifist and warned against anti-democratic tendencies – above all in politics, the military and justice – and the threat of National Socialism. His fears were confirmed when the Nazis came to power in January 1933. In May of that year he was among the authors whose works were banned as "un-German", and burned; he was also among the first authors and intellectuals whose German citizenship was revoked.

Similar authors

Theodor Herzl photo
Theodor Herzl9
Austro-Hungarian journalist and writer
Sebastian Fitzek photo
Sebastian Fitzek2
German writer
Kurt Hahn photo
Kurt Hahn8
German educator
Norbert Elias photo
Norbert Elias4
German sociologist
Etty Hillesum photo
Etty Hillesum25
Jewish diarist
Matthias Claudius photo
Matthias Claudius1
German poet
Walter Benjamin photo
Walter Benjamin69
German literary critic, philosopher and social critic (1892…
Lenny Bruce photo
Lenny Bruce19
comedian and social critic
Albert Memmi photo
Albert Memmi4
French writer
Pietro Aretino photo
Pietro Aretino4
Italian author, playwright, poet, satirist, and blackmailer

Quotes Kurt Tucholský

„Translated: Human stupidity is international.“

—  Kurt Tucholský
Die menschliche Dummheit ist international. "Hégésippe Simon" http://www.zeno.org/Literatur/M/Tucholsky,+Kurt/Werke/1931/H%C3%A9g%C3%A9sippe+Simon (1931); also in Schnipsel, published 1973, p. 102.

Advertisement

„Translated: Mankind doesn't grant itself anything—that is why it has invented the law. It isn't allowed for him so it shouldn't be allowed for others.“

—  Kurt Tucholský
Der Mensch gönnt seiner Gattung nichts, daher hat er die Gesetze erfunden. Er darf nicht, also sollen die andern auch nicht. From Der Mensch, published 1931.

„Translated: For four years, there were whole square miles of land where murder was obligatory, while it was strictly forbidden half an hour away. Did I say: murder? Of course murder. Soldiers are murderers.“

—  Kurt Tucholský
Da gab es vier Jahre lang ganze Quadratmeilen Landes, auf denen war der Mord obligatorisch, während er eine halbe Stunde davon entfernt ebenso streng verboten war. Sagte ich: Mord? Natürlich Mord. Soldaten sind Mörder. From Der bewachte Kriegsschauplatz, published 1931 under the pseudonym Ignaz Wrobel; compare http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldaten_sind_M%C3%B6rder.

„At which a diplomat from France replies: «The war? I can't find it too terrible! The death of one man: that is a catastrophe. One hundred thousand deaths: that is a statistic!»)“

—  Kurt Tucholský, Französischer Witz
Darauf sagt ein Diplomat vom Quai d’Orsay: «Der Krieg? Ich kann das nicht so schrecklich finden! Der Tod eines Menschen: das ist eine Katastrophe. Hunderttausend Tote: das ist eine Statistik!» "Französischer Witz" (1932).

„Translated: Man has—next to the drives of reproduction and dining—two passions: making noise and not listening.“

—  Kurt Tucholský
Der Mensch hat neben dem Trieb der Fortpflanzung und dem, zu essen und zu trinken, zwei Leidenschaften: Krach zu machen und nicht zuzuhören. From Der Mensch, published 1931.

Today anniversaries
Al Capone photo
Al Capone44
American gangster 1899 - 1947
Anne Brontë photo
Anne Brontë147
British novelist and poet 1820 - 1849
Anthony the Great photo
Anthony the Great6
Christian saint, monk, and hermit 251 - 357
Mary Oliver photo
Mary Oliver98
American writer 1935 - 2019
Another 77 today anniversaries
Similar authors
Theodor Herzl photo
Theodor Herzl9
Austro-Hungarian journalist and writer
Sebastian Fitzek photo
Sebastian Fitzek2
German writer
Kurt Hahn photo
Kurt Hahn8
German educator
Norbert Elias photo
Norbert Elias4
German sociologist
Etty Hillesum photo
Etty Hillesum25
Jewish diarist