Bertolt Brecht Quotes

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Bertolt Brecht Quotes

Hatred of oppression still distorts the features,
Anger at injustice still makes voices raised and ugly.
Oh we, who wished to lay for the foundations for peace and friendliness,
Could never be friendly ourselves.
— Bertolt Brecht —

The first time it was reported that our friends were being butchered there was a cry of horror. Then a hundred were butchered. But when a thousand were butchered and there was no end to the butchery, a blanket of silence spread.
When evil-doing comes like falling rain, nobody calls out "stop!"
When crimes begin to pile up they become invisible. When sufferings become unendurable the cries are no longer heard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer.

— Bertolt Brecht

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

— Bertolt Brecht

He thought in other heads, and in his own, others besides himself thought

— Bertolt Brecht

I won't let you spoil my war for me. Destroys the weak, does it? Well, what does peace do for'em, huh? War feeds its people better.

— Bertolt Brecht

Boy meets girl. So what?

— Bertolt Brecht

It is many years ago and at times I know nothing about her anymore who was once all things to me but all things pass. (The Eleventh Psalm)

— Bertolt Brecht

I hope I can pull the wagon by myself. Yes, I'll manage, there's not much in it now. I must get back into business.

— Bertolt Brecht

I discovered our dear poet in my office, a simple clerk.

— Bertolt Brecht

He who fights, can lose. He who doesn't fight, has already lost.

— Bertolt Brecht

On thinking about Hell, I gather
My brother Shelley found it was a place
Much like the city of London. I
Who live in Los Angeles and not in London
Find, on thinking about Hell, that it must be
Still more like Los Angeles.

— Bertolt Brecht

Art and science work in quite different ways: agreed. But, bad as it may sound, I have to admit that I cannot get along as an artist without the use of one or two sciences ... In my view, the great and complicated things that go on in the world cannot be adequately recognized by people who do not use every possible aid to understanding.

— Bertolt Brecht

When you name yourself, you always name another.

— Bertolt Brecht

Who struggles can fail. Who doesn't struggle has already failed!

— Bertolt Brecht

Suppose they gave a war, and nobody came? Why then, the war would come to you!

— Bertolt Brecht

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