„They laugh at me because I'm different; I laugh at them because they're all the same.“

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Kurt Cobain156
American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

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„You laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same.“

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„I laugh because I must not cry, that is all, that is all.“

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„I like people. They're entertaining. I just may laugh at different things than most people.“

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„The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is an escape for him. That's great art — nothing is self-evident. I am made to laugh about those who cry, and cry about those who laugh.“

—  Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956

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Context: The theater-goer in conventional dramatic theater says: Yes, I've felt that way, too. That's the way I am. That's life. That's the way it will always be. The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is no escape for him. That's great art — Everything is self-evident. I am made to cry with those who cry, and laugh with those who laugh. But the theater-goer in the epic theater says: I would never have thought that. You can't do that. That's very strange, practically unbelievable. That has to stop. The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is an escape for him. That's great art — nothing is self-evident. I am made to laugh about those who cry, and cry about those who laugh.

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