Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht Quotes

Firebugs dragging their gasoline bottles Are approaching the Academy of Arts, with a grin. And so, instead of embracing them, Let us demand the freedom of the elbow To knock the bottles out of their filthy hands. Even the most blockheaded bureaucrat, Provided he loves peace, Is a greater lover of the arts Than any so-called art-lover Who loves the arts of war.

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht

Some party hack decreed that the people had lost the government's confidence and could only regain it with redoubled effort. If that is the case, would it not be be simpler, If the government simply dissolved the people And elected another?

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht

The more innocent they are, the more they deserve to be shot.

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht

I see with sympathy The swollen veins on his brow, showing How exhausting it is to be evil.

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht

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

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht

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

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht

Do not treat me in this fashion. Don't leave me out. Have I not Always spoken the truth in my books? And now You treat me like a liar! I order you: Burn me! Those who lead the country into the abyss Call ruling too difficult For ordinary men. Ah, what an age it is When to speak of trees is almost a crime For it is a kind of silence about injustice!

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht

Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again.

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht

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.

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht

Let nothing be called natural In an age of bloody confusion, Ordered disorder, planned caprice, And dehumanized humanity, lest all things Be held unalterable!

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht

A man who strains himself on the stage is bound, if he is any good, to strain all the people sitting in the stalls.

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht

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

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht

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