quote by Karl Kraus

The streets of Vienna are paved with culture, the streets of other cities with asphalt.

— Karl Kraus

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Dream on, but don't imagine they'll all come true. When will you realize... Vienna waits for you.


When you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna.

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I set out to become the greatest lover in Vienna, the greatest horseman in Austria, and the greatest economist in the world. Alas, for the illusions of youth: as a horseman, I was never really first-rate.

If I speak of Vienna it must be in the past tense, as a man speaks of a woman he has loved and who is dead.

What impressed me particularly in Vienna was the strict order everywhere.

No mob disturbances of any kind, in spite of the greatly increased liberty and relaxation of police regulations.


I was born an only child in Vienna, Austria.

My father found hours to sit by me by the library fire and tell fairy stories.

Lord, if there is a heartache Vienna cannot cure I hope never to feel it.

I came home cured of everything except Vienna.

Vienna is the gate to Eastern Europe.

Vienna is a handsome, lively city, and pleases me exceedingly.

I really like the city of Vienna. I like its art, its music and its architecture. In short, I like the culture that Vienna represents. What really captures me is the period around 1900 - the time of Freud, Schnitzler and Klimt. This is the period in which the modern view of mind was born.


After the first exams, I switched to the Faculty of Philosophy and studied Zoology in Munich and Vienna.

The Potemkin city of which I wish to speak here is none other than our dear Vienna herself.

I received my doctorate from the University of Vienna in 1910.

I was born in 1923 into a middle class Jewish family in Vienna, a few years after the end of World War I, which was disastrous from the Austrian point of view.

Well I live in Vienna with my wife and son, and I teach in Hamburg, there will be no changes in that respect.


For almost thirty years I repeatedly saw one and the same dream: I would arrive in Vienna at long last. I would feel really happy, for I was returning to my serene childhood.

My idea was to go to Vienna to study conducting and perhaps play in an orchestra first, so I thought before I got to Vienna I could do with a little training in Paris.

1988 I also received from the city of Vienna the cross of honour for art and science. These titles and the various honors mean a great deal to me, most of all for the reason that they would mean a great deal to my parents too.

Budapest is a prime site for dreams: the East’s exuberant vision of the West, the West’s uneasy hallucination of the East. It is a dreamed-up city; a city almost completely faked; a city invented out of other cities, out of Paris by way of Vienna — the imitation, as Claudio Magris has it, of an imitation.

And I'll bury my soul in a scrapbook, with the photographs there and the moths.


If you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna.

I employ 20 people in Vienna. The other 130 coworkers are pilots and flight companions. The Overhead is limited with me. Reduces naturally the costs of my fliers.

I studied at a grammar school and later at the University of Vienna in the Faculty of Medicine.

And I'll dance with you in Vienna, I'll be wearing a river's disguise.

The hyacinth wild on my shoulder my mouth on the dew of your thighs. And I'll bury my soul in a scrapbook, with the photographs there and the moss. And I'll yield to the flood of your beauty, my cheap violin and my cross.

In 1882 I was in Vienna, where I met an American whom I had known in the States.

He said: 'Hang your chemistry and electricity! If you want to make a pile of money, invent something that will enable these Europeans to cut each others' throats with greater facility.'


I have on the one hand a hatred and on the other a yearning for Vienna.

I left when I was nine years old because I was Jewish. And even before 1938, the anti-Semitism in Austria was probably deeper than it was in Germany or in other European countries.

THERE WAS NEVER A SCHINDLER'S LIST. It was drawn up by a man called Goldman. This man took money to put a name on that list - no money, no place on the list. I was told this by a Dr Schwartz, in Vienna; he had paid in diamonds to save his wife

If you walk into a coffee shop in 1903 Vienna, you might find at the same table the artist Gustav Klimt, Sigmund Freud, Leon Trotsky and possibly Adolf Hitler, who lived in Vienna at the same time.

I am an Egyptian Muslim, educated in Cairo and New York, and now living in Vienna. My wife and I have spent half our lives in the North, half in the South. And we have experienced first hand the unique nature of the human family and the common values we all share.

Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, none of them were born in Vienna.

They all moved there. It became a magnet, but what made it magnetized in the first place? There has to be a seed there. In the case of Vienna of about 1780, it was this deep-seated love of music.


My dream writing room would be the Imperial Library in Vienna.

I don't want an elderly gentleman from Vienna with an umbrella inflicting his dreams upon me.

He's going to audition for the Vienna Boys' Choir!

The coffee shop played a big role in Vienna of 1900.

Rents were sky high, housing was difficult to come by, your apartment probably wasn't heated, and so you went to the coffee shop. You went to the coffee shop because it was warm, because it was great Viennese coffee, and you went for the conversation and the company.