Quotes by Bertolt Brecht


Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
– Bertolt Brecht
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 three penny bit. And if he sees him a third time, he'll have him cold-bloodedly handed over to the police.
– Bertolt Brecht
Boy meets Girl, So What?
– Bertolt Brecht
Don't tell me peace has broken out.
– Bertolt Brecht
Everyone needs help from everyone.
– Bertolt Brecht
From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.
– Bertolt Brecht
Grub first, then ethics.
– Bertolt Brecht
He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news.
– Bertolt Brecht
It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk.
– Bertolt Brecht
Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
– Bertolt Brecht
No one can be good for long if goodness is not in demand.
– Bertolt Brecht
No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself.
– 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
People are too durable, that's their main trouble. They can do too much to themselves, they last too long.
– Bertolt Brecht
People remain what they are even if their faces fall apart.
– Bertolt Brecht
Right is its own defense.
– Bertolt Brecht
Science knows only one commandment - contribute to science.
– Bertolt Brecht
Sometimes it's more important to be human, than to have good taste.
– Bertolt Brecht
The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn.
– Bertolt Brecht
Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.
– Bertolt Brecht