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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Writer
Nation: Austrian
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Curses on the law! Most of my fellow citizens are the sorry consequences of uncommitted abortions.

Tags: Fellow, Law, Sorry

Democracy divides people into workers and loafers. It makes no provision for those who have no time to work.

Tags: Democracy, Time, Work

Do not learn more than you absolutely need to get through life.

Tags: Absolutely, Learn, Life

Education is what most receive, many pass on, and few possess.

Tags: Education, Few, Pass

Feminine passion is to masculine as an epic is to an epigram.

Tags: Epic, Feminine, Passion

He who does without the praise of the crowd will not deny himself an opportunity to be his own adherent.

Tags: Crowd, Himself, Praise

I am already so popular that anyone who vilifies me becomes more popular than I am.

Tags: Anyone, Becomes, Popular

I and life: The case was settled chivalrously. The opponents parted without having made up.

Tags: Life, Opponents, Parted

I and my public understand each other very well: it does not hear what I say, and I don't say what it wants to hear.

Tags: Hear, Public, Understand

I had a terrible vision: I saw an encyclopedia walk up to a polymath and open him up.

Tags: Him, Vision, Walk

It is better not to express what one means than to express what one does not mean.

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It is the style of idealism to console itself for the loss of something old with the ability to gape at something new.

Tags: Ability, Old, Style

Journalists write because they have nothing to say, and have something to say because they write.

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Language is the mother of thought, not its handmaiden.

Tags: Language, Mother, Thought

Matrimony is the union of meanness and martyrdom.

Tags: Martyrdom, Meanness, Union

Science is spectral analysis. Art is light synthesis.

Tags: Art, Light, Science

Sex education is legitimate in that girls cannot be taught soon enough how children don't come into the world.

Tags: Children, Education, Sex

Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.

Tags: Avoid, Ideal, Solitude

Someone who can write aphorisms should not fritter away his time in essays.

Tags: Away, Someone, Time

Squeeze human nature into the straitjacket of criminal justice and crime will appear.

Tags: Human, Justice, Nature

The closer the look one takes at a word, the greater distance from which it looks back.

Tags: Looks, Takes, Word

The mission of the press is to spread culture while destroying the attention span.

Tags: Attention, Culture, While

The sound principle of a topsy-turvy lifestyle in the framework of an upside-down world order has stood every test.

Tags: Order, Sound, Test

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The trouble with Germans is not that they fire shells, but that they engrave them with quotations from Kant.

Tags: Fire, Germans, Trouble

There are people who can never forgive a beggar for their not having given him anything.

Tags: Beggar, Forgive, Him

There is no more unfortunate creature under the sun than a fetishist who yearns for a woman's shoe and has to settle for the whole woman.

Tags: Sun, Whole, Woman

When a man is treated like a beast, he says, 'After all, I'm human.' When he behaves like a beast, he says 'After all, I'm only human.'

Tags: After, Human, Says

Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes.

Tags: Ideas, Time, Writer

Culture is the tacit agreement to let the means of subsistence disappear behind the purpose of existence. Civilization is the subordination of the latter to the former.

Tags: Culture, Means, Purpose

Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.

Tags: Corruption, Country, Might

Jealousy is a dog's bark which attracts thieves.

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You'd be surprised how hard it can often be to translate an action into an idea.

Tags: Hard, Often, Thought

Education is a crutch with which the foolish attack the wise to prove that they are not idiots.

Tags: Education, Idiots, Wise

How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print.

Tags: Lie, Lies, War

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

Tags: Families, Sexuality, Whole

Stupidity is an elemental force for which no earthquake is a match.

Tags: Earthquake, Force, Stupidity

Christian morality prefers remorse to precede lust, and then lust not to follow.

Tags: Christian, Lust, Morality

Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.

Tags: Cannot, Experience, Wisdom

Virginity is the ideal of those who want to deflower.

Tags: Ideal, Virginity

If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies.

Tags: Lies, Life, Truth

Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis.

Tags: Boredom, Morality, Stage

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

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A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants.

Tags: Child, Pants, Short

A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful.

Tags: Beautiful, Cannot, Woman

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.

Tags: Communication, Someone, Writer

Children play soldier. That makes sense. But why do soldiers play children?

Tags: Children, Soldier, Why

Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.

Tags: Democracy, Everyone, Means

I don't like to meddle in my private affairs.

Tags: Affairs, Meddle, Private

No ideas and the ability to express them - that's a journalist.

Tags: Ability, Communication, Ideas

Psychoanalysis is that mental illness for which it regards itself as therapy.

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Scandal begins when the police put a stop to it.

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To me all men are equal: there are jackasses everywhere, and I have the same contempt for them all.

Tags: Contempt, Equal, Men

A fine world in which man reproaches woman with fulfilling his heart's desire!

Tags: Desire, Heart, Woman

An idea's birth is legitimate if one has the feeling that one is catching oneself plagiarizing oneself.

Tags: Birth, Feeling, Idea