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 :: 1874-1936, Austrian Satirist

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Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.
~ Karl Kraus - [Language]

 

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

 

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Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis.
~ Karl Kraus - [Morality]

 

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My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.
~ Karl Kraus - [Consciousness]

 

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News reports stand up as people, and people wither into editorials. ClichTs walk around on two legs while men are having theirs shot off.
~ Karl Kraus - [News]

 

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Progress celebrates victories over nature. Progress makes purses out of human skin. When people were traveling in mail coaches, the world got ahead better than it does now that salesmen fly through the air. What good is speed if the brain has oozed out on the way? How will the heirs of this age be taught the most basic motions that are necessary to activate the most complicated machines? Nature can rely on progress; it will avenge it for the outrage it has perpetrated on it.
~ Karl Kraus - [Progress]

 

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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.
~ Karl Kraus - [Progress]

 

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Scandal begins when the police put a stop to it.
~ Karl Kraus - [Scandal]

 

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Science is spectral analysis. Art is light synthesis.
~ Karl Kraus - [Science and Scientists]

 

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

 

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Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families; well repressed, it unsettles the whole world.
~ Karl Kraus - [Sexuality]

 

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Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.
~ Karl Kraus - [Crime and Criminals]

 

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Stupidity gets up early; that is why events are accustomed to happening in the morning.
~ Karl Kraus - [Stupidity]

 

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The closer the look one takes at a word, the greater distance from which it looks back.
~ Karl Kraus - [Words]

 

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The discovery of the North Pole is one of those realities which could not be avoided. It is the wages which human perseverance pays itself when it thinks that something is taking too long. The world needed a discoverer of the North Pole, and in all areas of social activity, merit was less important here than opportunity.
~ Karl Kraus - [Discovery]

 

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The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life.
~ Karl Kraus - [Beauty]

 

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The immorality of men triumphs over the amorality of women.
~ Karl Kraus - [Morality]

 

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The press, that goiter of the world, swells up with the desire for conquest and bursts with the achievements which every day brings. A week has room for the boldest climax of the human drive for expansion.
~ Karl Kraus - [Media]

 

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The psychoanalysts pick our dreams as if they were our pockets.
~ Karl Kraus - [Psychoanalysis]

 

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The sound principle of a topsy-turvy lifestyle in the framework of an upside-down world order has stood every test.
~ Karl Kraus - [Eccentricity]

 

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