Bertolt Brecht Quotes (104 quotes)
“The law is simply and solely made for the exploitation of those who do not understand it or of those who, for naked need, cannot obey it.”
Polly Peachum, in Act 3, scene 1, p. 74 - The Threepenny Opera (1928)
“The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn
When teachers themselves are taught to learn.”
Life of Galileo (1938)
“Events cast long shadows before.
One such event would be a war.
But how are shadows to be seen
When total darkness fills the screen?”
Alphabet [Alfabet] from Five Children's Songs (1934), trans. John Willett in Poems, 1913-1956, p. 239 - Poems, 1913-1956 (1976)
“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.”
Poems, 1913-1956 (1976)
“In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing
About the dark times.”
Motto to the 'Svendborg Poems' [Motto der 'Svendborger Gedichte'] (1938), trans. John Willett in Poems, 1913-1956, p. 320 - Poems, 1913-1956 (1976)
The Threepenny Opera (1964 edition), Grove Press - ISBN: 9780802150394
Parables for the theatre: Two plays: The good woman of Setzuan and The caucasian chalk circle (1961 edition)
“People are too durable, that's their main trouble. They can do too much to themselves, they last too long.”
In the Jungle of Cities (~ 1921-1924)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsBertolt Brecht
Born: February 10, 1898
Died: August 14, 1956 (aged 58)
Occupation: Poet, playwright
Bio: Bertolt Brecht was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director.