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Bertolt Brecht Quotes


A German poet, playwright, and theatre director.
(1898 - 1956)

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Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
[Change]
 

Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.
 

Don't tell me peace has broken out.
 

Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is at their heels.
[Happiness]
 

Everyone needs help from everyone.
[Helping Other People]
 

Fearful is the seductive power of goodness.
 

From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.
 

Great sport begins at a point where it has ceased to be healthy.
 

Grub first, then ethics.
 

He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news.
 

Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.
 

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.
 

It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.
 

It isn't important to come out on top; what matters is to be the one who comes out alive.
[Forgiveness]
 

It's all right to hesitate if you then go ahead.
 

Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
 

No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.
 

No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself.
 

One forgets too easily the difference between a man and his image, and that there is none between the sound of his voice on the screen and in real life.
 

People are too durable, that's their main trouble. They can do too much to themselves, they last too long.
 


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