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An Austrian writer and journalist, known as a satirist, essayist, aphorist, playwright and poet. He is regarded as one of the foremost German-language satirists of the 20th century, especially for his witty criticism of the press, German culture, and German and Austrian politics.
(1874 - 1936)

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

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

A woman who cannot be ugly is not beautiful.
 

A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
[Writers And Writing]
 

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

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

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

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

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.
 

Curses on the law! Most of my fellow citizens are the sorry consequences of uncommitted abortions.
 

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

Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

He who gladly does without the praise of the crowd will not miss the opportunity of becoming his own fan.
 

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


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