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

— Bertolt Brecht

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Bank robbery is an initiative of amateurs. True professionals establish a bank.


Love is also like a coconut which is good while it is fresh, but you have to spit it out when the juice is gone, what's left tastes bitter.


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


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.


We need a type of theatre which not only releases the feelings, insights and impulses possible within the particular historical field of human relations in which the action takes place, but employs and encourages those thoughts and feelings which help transform the field itself.


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


Those who take the most from the table, teach contentment.

Those for whom the taxes are destined, demand sacrifice. Those who eat their fill, speak to the hungry, of wonderful times to come. Those who lead the country into the abyss, call ruling difficult, for ordinary folk.


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


Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.


 When the leaders speak of peace  The common folk know  That war is coming  When the leaders curse war  The mobilization order is already written out. Every day, to earn my daily bread  I go to the market where lies are bought  Hopefully  I take up my place among the sellers.  


Sometimes I have visions of myself driving through hell, selling sulphur and brimstone, or through heaven peddling refreshments to the roaming souls. If me and the children I've got left could find a place where there's no shooting, I wouldn't mind a few years of peace and quiet.


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About Bertolt Brecht

Quotes 189 sayings
Nationality German
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

Everyone needs help from everyone.


All the gang of those who rule us Hope our quarrels never stop Helping them to split and fool us So they can remain on top.


We attacked a foreign people and treated them like rebels.

As you know, it's all right to treat barbarians barbarically. It's the desire to be barbaric that makes governments call their enemies barbarians.


All artforms are in the service of the greatest of all arts: the art of living.


From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first.


The war which is coming Is not the first one.

There were Other wars before it. When the last one came to an end There were conquerors and conquered. Among the conquered the common people Starved. Among the conquerors The common people starved too.


Reality changes; in order to represent it, modes of representation must change.


War is like love, it always finds a way.


Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.


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


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


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.


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.


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


The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.


You don't need to pray to God any more when there are storms in the sky, but you do have to be insured.


Unfortunate the country that needs heroes!


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


Unhappiness doesn't grow on the chest like leprosy.

Poverty won't fall off the roof like a loose tile, no; poverty and unhappiness are man's doing.


What's breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank?


Terrible is the temptation to be good.


I am a playwright. I show What I have seen. In the man markets I have seen how men are traded. That I show, I, the playwright.


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


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


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


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


Right is its own defense.


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


Poverty makes you wise but it's a curse.


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


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


What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?


Come in, dear wind, and be our guest You too have neither home nor rest.


Don't tell me peace has broken out.


Little changes are the enemies of great changes.


Let nothing be called natural In an age of bloody confusion, Ordered disorder, planned caprice, And dehumanized humanity, lest all things Be held unalterable!


Here today we huddle tight As the darkest heathens might The snow falls chilly on our skin The snow is forcing its way in. Hush, snow, come in with us to dwell: We were thrown out by Heaven as well.