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90 Bertolt Brecht Quotes From The Satirical Playwright And Pioneer Of Epic Theatre

Theatre was the home to the playwright Bertolt Brecht.

Bertolt Brecht was the professional name of Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht.

Bertolt Brecht was born on 10 February 1898. Brecht was not only a poet and a playwright but also a German theater practitioner.

The first success that Bertolt Brecht had was as a playwright in Munich during the Weimar Republic. In 1942, he moved to Berlin, there, he wrote the play 'The Threepenny Opera' in collaboration with Kurt Weil, it was also whilst here that he began his association with Hanns Eisler, who was a composer.

We have gathered all the famous and best quotes from the playwright Bertolt Brecht for you to read under different categories within the article. We'll let you get on with reading the wisdom and lessons that Bertolt Brecht gathered during his lifetime so that you may gain some of his knowledge and understand how existence is in his terms to live a better life thereby.

If you like reading these quotes, also read our [Victor Hugo quotes] or John Steinback quotes.

Best Bertolt Brecht Quotes

In this section, you will find some of the best Bertolt Brecht quotes.

1. "He who laughs last has not yet heard the bad news."

- Bertolt Brecht.

2. "Little changes are the enemies of great changes."

- Bertolt Brecht.

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

- Bertolt Brecht.

4. "From the start it has been the theatre's business to entertain people... it needs no other passport than fun."

- Bertolt Brecht.

5. "General, man is very useful. He can fly and he can kill. But he has one defect: He can think."

- Bertolt Brecht.

6. "Whenever there are great virtues, it's a sure sign something's wrong."

- Bertolt Brecht.

7. "The human race tends to remember the abuses to which it has been subjected rather than the endearments. What's left of kisses? Wounds, however, leave scars."

- Bertolt Brecht.

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

- Bertolt Brecht, 'A Short Organum For The Theatre.'

9. "People who understand everything get no stories."

- Bertolt Brecht.

10. "Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon."

- Bertolt Brecht.

11. "Why be a man when you can be a success."

- Bertolt Brecht.

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

- Bertolt Brecht.

13. "You may proclaim, good sirs, your fine philosophy... But till you feed us, right and wrong can wait!"

- Bertolt Brecht, 'Threepenny Opera.'

14. "The rain never falls upwards. When the wound stops hurting, what hurts is the scar."

- Bertolt Brecht.

15. "I don't know what a man is. Only that every man has his price.

- Bertolt Brecht, 'The Exception And The Rule.'

Bertolt Brecht Quotes About Art

Bertolt Brecht said enough things about art as he understood it.

In this category, we have collected Bertolt Brecht quotes about epic theatre and art. You can also find Bertolt Brecht quotes on 'Life Of Galileo', the play written by Brecht.

16. "Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it."

- Bertolt Brecht.

17. "Right is its own defense."

- Bertolt Brecht.

18. "Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it."

- Bertolt Brecht.

19. "All art forms are in the service of the greatest of all arts: The art of living."

- Bertolt Brecht.

20. "But something's missing."

- Bertolt Brecht.

21. "I’m having a hard time; I’m preparing my next mistake."

- Bertolt Brecht.

22. "From the cradle to the coffin, underwear comes first."

- Bertolt Brecht.

23. "For art to be 'unpolitical' means only to ally itself with the 'ruling' group."

- Bertolt Brecht.

24. "The theater-goer in conventional dramatic theater says: Yes, I've felt that way, too. That's the way I am. That's life. That's the way it will always be."

- Bertolt Brecht.

25. "Don’t expect the theatre to satisfy the habits of its audience, but to change them."

- Bertolt Brecht.

Bertolt Brecht Quotes On Politics

Here, you will find Bertolt Brecht quotes on fascism, Bertolt Brecht quotes on propaganda, Bertolt Brecht quotes political ones, and also Bertolt Brecht quotes about war and government.

26. "Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes."

- Bertolt Brecht, 'Life Of Galileo.'

27. "No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand."

- Bertolt Brecht.

28. "Don't tell me peace has broken out."

- Bertolt Brecht.

29. "Writers can't write as fast as governments make wars; because to write demands thinking."

- Bertolt Brecht.

30. "Corpses sour you. They are bad for objectivity."

- Bertolt Brecht.

31. "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."

- Bertolt Brecht.

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

- Bertolt Brecht.

33. "The main objective is to learn to think crudely. Crude thinking is the great one’s thinking."

- Bertolt Brecht.

34. "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.

35. "War is like love; it always finds a way."

- Bertolt Brecht.

36. "Grub first, then ethics."

- Bertolt Brecht.

37. "You can only help one of your luckless brothers by trampling down a dozen others.

- Bertolt Brecht,' The Good Woman Of Setzuan.'

38. "You want justice, but do you want to pay for it, hm? When you go to a butcher you know you have to pay, but you people go to a judge as if you were off to a funeral supper."

- Bertolt Brecht.

39. "General, your tank is a powerful vehicle It smashes down forests and crushes a hundred men. But it has one defect: It needs a driver."

- Bertolt Brecht.

40. "Don’t accept the habitual as a natural thing. In times of disorder, of organized confusion, of de-humanized humanity, nothing should seem natural. Nothing should seem impossible to change."

- Bertolt Brecht.

Bertolt Brecht Quotes On Truth

[ruth has been beautifully described by Bertolt Brecht.

Here, you will find the quotes from the German play, In praise of learning by Bertolt Brecht quotes and more.

41. "What kind of times are these, when to talk about trees is almost a crime because it implies silence about so many horrors?"

- Bertolt Brecht.

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

- Bertolt Brecht.

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

- Bertolt Brecht.

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

- Bertolt Brecht.

45. "Everyone needs help from everyone."

- Bertolt Brecht.

46. "I am made to laugh about those who cry, and cry about those who laugh."

- Bertolt Brecht.

47. "The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn."

- Bertolt Brecht.

48. "It is not enough to demand insight and informative images of reality from the theater. Our theater must stimulate a desire for understanding, a delight in changing reality."

- Bertolt Brecht.

49. "Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are."

- Bertolt Brecht.

50. "My business is too difficult. My business is trying to arouse human pity."

- Bertolt Brecht, 'Threepenny Opera.'

51. "I'm in good form, taking no interest in things, neglecting clothes, meals, company, and feeling calm and stable as I write."

- Bertolt Brecht.

52. "A man who sees another man on the street corner with only a stump for an arm will be so shocked the first time he'll give him sixpence. But the second time it'll only be a threepenny bit. And if he sees him a third time, he'll have him cold-bloodedly handed over to the police."

- Bertolt Brecht.

53. "The atomic age made its debut at Hiroshima in the middle of our work. Overnight, the biography of the founder of the new system of physics read differently."

- Bertolt Brecht.

54. "When evil-doing comes like falling rain, nobody calls out 'stop!'"

- Bertolt Brecht.

55. "The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is no escape for him."

- Bertolt Brecht.

Bertolt Brecht Quotes On Life

In life learn this lesson, you may fail, but fail beautifully. Here, read more amazing quotes from the German playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht about life and war and mother courage and also, Bertolt Brecht quotes about banks.

56. "What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?"

- Bertolt Brecht.

57. "Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life."

- Bertolt Brecht.

58. "It's never too late for those whose time has come."

- Bertolt Brecht.

59. "Alas, we who wanted kindness, could not be kind ourselves."

- Bertolt Brecht.

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

- Bertolt Brecht.

61. "The defeats and victories of the fellows at the top aren't always defeated and victories for the fellows at the bottom."

- Bertolt Brecht.

62. "Poverty makes you sad as well as wise."

- Bertolt Brecht.

63. "When sufferings become unendurable the cries are no longer heard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer."

- Bertolt Brecht.

64. "For once you must try not to shirk the facts: Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts."

- Bertolt Brecht, 'What Keeps Mankind Alive?'

65. "If art reflects life, it does so with special mirrors."

- Bertolt Brecht.

66. "Every time you name yourself, you name someone else."

- Bertolt Brecht.

67. "One must live well to know what living is."

- Bertolt Brecht.

68. "You can make a fresh start with your final breath."

- Bertolt Brecht.

69. "What a miserable thing life is: you're living in clover, only the clover isn't good enough."

- Bertolt Brecht.

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

- Bertolt Brecht.

71. "No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself."

- Bertolt Brecht.

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

- Bertolt Brecht.

73. "If there are obstacles, the shortest line between two points may be a crooked line."

- Bertolt Brecht.

74. "It is simplicity that is difficult to make."

- Bertolt Brecht.

75. "The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is an escape for him."

- Bertolt Brecht.

Some More Bertolt Brecht Quotes

This last section has Bertolt Brecht quotes about the calf and butcher. Poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht has so much wisdom to give you from the war and also on events that happened during his life.

76. "The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error."

- Bertolt Brecht, 'Life Of Galileo.'

77. "Life is short and so is money."

- Bertolt Brecht.

78. "There are times when you have to choose between being a human and having good taste."

- Bertolt Brecht.

79. "Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good."

- Bertolt Brecht.

80. "To those who do not know the world is on fire, I have nothing to say."

- Bertolt Brecht.

81. "For what's the use of talking with a man who has a disease and thinks about the stars?"

- Bertolt Brecht.

82. "Science has only one commandment: Contribution."

- Bertolt Brecht, 'Life Of Galileo.'

83. "If you join the rat race — you're in the race of rats."

- Bertolt Brecht.

84. "When crimes begin to pile up they become invisible."

- Bertolt Brecht.

85. "Art and science coincide insofar as both aim to improve the lives of men and women."

- Bertolt Brecht.

86. "In the dark times, will there also be singing? Yes, there will also be singing. About the dark times."

- Bertolt Brecht.

87. "Sitting and sedition don't mix."

- Bertolt Brecht.

88. "As regards obstacles, the shortest distance between two points can be a curve."

- Bertolt Brecht.

89. "General, your bomber is powerful. It flies faster than a storm and carries more than an elephant. But it has one defect: It needs a mechanic."

- Bertolt Brecht.

90. "I am made to cry with those who cry, and laugh with those who laugh."

- Bertolt Brecht.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Bertolt Brecht quotes, then why not take a look at satirist quotes, or [Sartre quotes]?

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