41+ Best Bertolt Brecht Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht, known professionally as Bertolt Brecht, was a German theatre practitioner, playwright, and poet. Profoundly inspirational Bertolt Brecht quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Bertolt Brecht Quotes

Poverty makes you wise but it’s a curse. — Bertolt Brecht

Why be a man when you can be a success? — Bertolt Brecht

He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news. — Bertolt Brecht

Don’t tell me peace has broken out. — Bertolt Brecht

Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon. — 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

Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes. — Bertolt Brecht

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. — Bertolt Brecht

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

No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself. — Bertolt Brecht

Whenever there are great virtues, it’s a sure sign something’s wrong. — Bertolt Brecht

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

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

From the cradle to the coffin underwear comes first. — Bertolt Brecht

War is like love; it always finds a way. — Bertolt Brecht

Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life. — Bertolt Brecht

Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels. — Bertolt Brecht

Temptation to behave is terrible. — Bertolt Brecht

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

Right is its own defense. — Bertolt Brecht

Sometimes it’s more important to be human, than to have good taste. — Bertolt Brecht

It’s all right to hesitate if you then go ahead. — Bertolt Brecht

To live means to finesse the processes to which one is subjugated. — Bertolt Brecht

Everyone needs help from everyone. — Bertolt Brecht

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

What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of a bank? — Bertolt Brecht

Don’t be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life. — Bertolt Brecht

What a miserable thing life is: you’re living in clover, only the clover isn’t good enough. — Bertolt Brecht

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good. — Bertolt Brecht

People are too durable, that’s their main trouble. They can do too much to themselves, they last too long. — Bertolt Brecht

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone? — Bertolt Brecht

The finest plans have always been spoiled by the littleness of them that should carry them out. Even emperors can’t do it all by themselves. — Bertolt Brecht

What they could do with ’round here is a good war. What else can you expect with peace running wild all over the place? You know what the trouble with peace is? No organization. — Bertolt Brecht

There are many elements to a campaign. Leadership is number one. Everything else is number two. — Bertolt Brecht

Science knows only one commandment – contribute to science. — Bertolt Brecht

Mixing one’s wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. — Bertolt Brecht

What’s breaking into a bank compared with founding a bank? — Bertolt Brecht

The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn. — Bertolt Brecht

The defeats and victories of the fellows at the top aren’t always defeats and victories for the fellows at the bottom. — Bertolt Brecht

Grub first, then ethics. — Bertolt Brecht

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are. — Bertolt Brecht

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