Karl Kraus
For the theologian, see Karl Christian Friedrich Krause
Karl Christian Friedrich Krause
Karl Christian Friedrich Krause was a German philosopher, born at Eisenberg, Thuringia.-Education and Life:...


Karl Kraus (April 28, 1874 – June 12, 1936) was an Austria
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n writer
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 and journalist
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, known as a satirist, essayist, aphorist
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, playwright and poet. He is regarded as one of the foremost German-language satirists of the 20th century, especially for his witty criticism of the press, German
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 culture, and German and Austrian politics.
Kraus was born into a wealthy Jewish
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 family of Jacob Kraus, a papermaker, and his wife Ernestine, née Kantor, in Jičín
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, Bohemia
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 (now the Czech Republic
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What is the Ninth Symphony compared to a Tin Pan Alley|Tin Pan Alley hit played on a hurdy-gurdy and a memory?

Sprüche und Widersprüche (Dicta and Contradictions)

Love and art do not embrace what is beautiful but what is made beautiful by this embrace.

Beim Wort genommen (1955); as translated by by Harry Zohn :Quotations from Die Fackel as translated in Anti-Freud: Karl Kraus’s Criticism of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry (1976) by Thomas Stephen Szasz

An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.

Die Fackel no. 270/71 (1909-01-19)

Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families; well repressed, it unsettles the whole world.

Die Fackel no. 315/16 (1911-01-26)

The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life.

Die Fackel no. 406/12 (1915-10-05)

My unconscious knows more about the consciousness of the psychologist than his consciousness knows about my unconscious.

Die Fackel no. 445/53 (18 January 1917)

Science is spectral analysis. Art is light synthesis.

I hear noises which others don't hear and which disturb for me the music of the spheres, which others don't hear either.

Many share my views with me. But I don't share them with them.