Quotes by Bertolt Brecht

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Bertolt Brecht (February 10, 1898 August 14, 1956) was an influential German dramatist, stage director, and poet of the 20th century. more

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Don't tell me peace has broken out.

War is like love, it always finds a way.
For once you must try not to shirk the facts: mankind is kept alive by bestial acts.
Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.
The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.
We need a type of theatre which not only releases the feelings, insights and impulses possible within the particular historical field of human relations in which the action takes place, but employs and encourages those thoughts and feelings which help transform the field itself.
There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two.
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
Poverty makes you sad as well as wise.
No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself.
Science knows only one commandment -- contribute to science.
Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.
People are too durable, that's their main trouble. They can do too much to themselves, they last too long.
From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.
It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.
Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions.
Literary works cannot be taken over like factories, or literary forms of expression like industrial methods. Realist writing, of which history offers many widely varying examples, is likewise conditioned by the question of how, when and for what class it is made use of.
The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn.
Today every invention is received with a cry of triumph which soon turns into a cry of fear.
You don't need to pray to God any more when there are storms in the sky, but you do have to be insured.
No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.
People remain what they are even if their faces fall apart.
A man who sees another man on the street corner with only a stump for an arm will be so shocked the first time he'll give him sixpence. But the second time it'll only be a three penny bit. And if he sees him a third time, he'll have him cold-bloodedly handed over to the police.
What's breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank?
A man who strains himself on the stage is bound, if he is any good, to strain all the people sitting in the stalls.
Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
Look, victory and defeat ain't bound to be same for the big shots up top as for them below, not by any means. Can be times the bottom lot find a defeat really pays them. Honour's lost, nowt else. . . . As a rule you can say victory and defeat both come expensive to us ordinary folk. Best thing for us is when politics get bogged down solid.