Bertolt Brecht Quotes

 

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

— Bertolt Brecht

What a miserable thing life is: you’re living in clover, only the clover isn’t good enough.

— Bertolt Brecht

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.

— Bertolt Brecht

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

— Bertolt Brecht

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

— Bertolt Brecht

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

— Bertolt Brecht

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

— Bertolt Brecht

He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news.

— Bertolt Brecht

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

— Bertolt Brecht

Science knows only one commandment – contribute to science.

— Bertolt Brecht

Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.

— Bertolt Brecht

The finest plans have always been spoiled by the littleness of them that should carry them out. Even emperors can’t do it all by themselves.

— Bertolt Brecht

Right is its own defense.

— Bertolt Brecht

Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions.

— Bertolt Brecht

The defeats and victories of the fellows at the top aren’t always defeats and victories for the fellows at the bottom.

— Bertolt Brecht

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.

— Bertolt Brecht

Sometimes it’s more important to be human, than to have good taste.

— Bertolt Brecht

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.

— Bertolt Brecht

War is like love; it always finds a way.

— Bertolt Brecht

Why be a man when you can be a success?

— Bertolt Brecht

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

— Bertolt Brecht

From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.

— Bertolt Brecht

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

— Bertolt Brecht

Poverty makes you wise but it’s a curse.

— Bertolt Brecht

Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life.

— Bertolt Brecht

Whenever there are great virtues, it’s a sure sign something’s wrong.

— Bertolt Brecht

Grub first, then ethics.

— Bertolt Brecht

The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn.

— Bertolt Brecht

There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two.

— Bertolt Brecht

Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.

— Bertolt Brecht

What’s breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank?

— Bertolt Brecht

People remain what they are even if their faces fall apart.

— Bertolt Brecht

Don’t tell me peace has broken out.

— Bertolt Brecht

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?

— Bertolt Brecht

Everyone needs help from everyone.

— Bertolt Brecht

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

— Bertolt Brecht

Temptation to behave is terrible.

— Bertolt Brecht

Poverty makes you sad as well as wise.

— Bertolt Brecht

What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?

— Bertolt Brecht

You don’t need to pray to God any more when there are storms in the sky, but you do have to be insured.

— Bertolt Brecht

To live means to finesse the processes to which one is subjugated.

— Bertolt Brecht

What they could do with ’round here is a good war. What else can you expect with peace running wild all over the place? You know what the trouble with peace is? No organization.

— Bertolt Brecht

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