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Bertolt Brecht Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Bertolt Brecht.

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

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Because things are the way they are,
things will not stay the way they are.
- Bertolt Brecht

Why be a man when you can be a success?
- Bertolt Brecht

Temptation to behave is terrible.
- Bertolt Brecht

 

Poverty makes you sad as well as wise.
- Bertolt Brecht

What's breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank?
- Bertolt Brecht

Poverty makes you wise but it's a curse.
- Bertolt Brecht

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Right is its own defense.
- Bertolt Brecht

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

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

Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.
- Bertolt Brecht

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht

War is like love; it always finds a way.
- Bertolt Brecht

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

Grub first, then ethics.
- Bertolt Brecht

From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.
- Bertolt Brecht

Everyone needs help from everyone.
- Bertolt Brecht

Whenever there are great virtues, it's a sure sign something's wrong.
- Bertolt Brecht

Science knows only one commandment -
contribute to science.
- Bertolt Brecht

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

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

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

He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news.
- Bertolt Brecht

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

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

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

Don't tell me peace has broken out.
- Bertolt Brecht

What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank?
- Bertolt Brecht

Sometimes it's more important to be human,
than to have good taste.
- Bertolt Brecht

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

There are many elements to a campaign.
Leadership is number one.
Everything else is number two.
- 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 world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers
themselves are taught to learn.
- 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

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

The defeats and victories of the fellows at the top
aren't always defeats and victories for the fellows at the bottom.
- Bertolt Brecht

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

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

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man does not lay up his own treasures.
The more he gives to others, the more he has for his own.
- Lao Tzu

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson


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