Quotes by Bertolt Brecht

Grub first, then ethics.
- Bertolt Brecht
Right is its own defense.
- Bertolt Brecht
Temptation to behave is terrible.
- Bertolt Brecht
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Everyone needs help from everyone.
- Bertolt Brecht
Poverty makes you sad as well as wise.
- Bertolt Brecht
Why be a man when you can be a success?
- Bertolt Brecht
War is like love; it always finds a way.
- Bertolt Brecht
Don't tell me peace has broken out.
- Bertolt Brecht
Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.
- Bertolt Brecht
Poverty makes you wise but it's a curse.
- Bertolt Brecht
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He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news.
- Bertolt Brecht
Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon.
- Bertolt Brecht
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.
- Bertolt Brecht
No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself.
- Bertolt Brecht
It's all right to hesitate if you then go ahead.
- Bertolt Brecht
Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life.
- Bertolt Brecht
No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.
- Bertolt Brecht
People remain what they are even if their faces fall apart.
- Bertolt Brecht
Science knows only one commandment - contribute to science.
- Bertolt Brecht
Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.
- Bertolt Brecht
What's breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank?
- Bertolt Brecht
What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?
- Bertolt Brecht
To live means to finesse the processes to which one is subjugated.
- Bertolt Brecht
Sometimes it's more important to be human, than to have good taste.
- Bertolt Brecht
It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.
- Bertolt Brecht
Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
- Bertolt Brecht
Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
- Bertolt Brecht
Whenever there are great virtues, it's a sure sign something's wrong.
- Bertolt Brecht
Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.
- Bertolt Brecht
Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.
- 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
Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions.
- Bertolt Brecht
What a miserable thing life is: you're living in clover, only the clover isn't good enough.
- 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
People are too durable, that's their main trouble. They can do too much to themselves, they last too long.
- 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 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
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
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
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