Bertolt Brecht Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Bertolt Brecht quotes, Bertolt Brecht sayings, and Bertolt Brecht proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

There are men who struggle for a day and they are good. There are men who struggle for a year and they are better. There are men who struggle many years, and they are better still. But there are those who struggle all their lives: These are the indispensable ones. Bertolt Brecht
Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good. Bertolt Brecht
If there are obstacles, the shortest line between two points may be the crooked line. Bertolt Brecht
The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it. Bertolt Brecht
No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself. Bertolt Brecht
Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions. Bertolt Brecht
If art reflects life, it does so with special mirrors. Bertolt Brecht
Love is the desire to give, not to receive, something. Love is the art of producing something with the other's talents. Bertolt Brecht
If art reflects life, it does so with special mirrors. Bertolt Brecht
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. Bertolt Brecht
Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon. Bertolt Brecht
Food first, then morality. Bertolt Brecht
Such a lot is won when even a single man gets to his feet and says No Bertolt Brecht
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. Bertolt Brecht
Righteous people have no sense of humor. Bertolt Brecht
Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon. Bertolt Brecht
Poverty makes you wise but it's a curse. Bertolt Brecht
Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes. Bertolt Brecht
Impact lies in the vicinity of mistakes. Bertolt Brecht
Terrible is the temptation to be good. Bertolt Brecht
You can make a fresh start with your final breath. Bertolt Brecht
We're not responsible, he thought. This planet is a temporary affair. It's whizzing with all kinds of other ones, a whole range of planetary stuff, toward a star in the Milky Way. On that kind of a planet we're not responsible, he thought. Bertolt Brecht
What a miserable thing life is: you're living in clover, only the clover isn't good enough. Bertolt Brecht
You have to attack once the truth is too weak to defend itself. Bertolt Brecht
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. Bertolt Brecht
To those who do not know that the world is on fire, I have nothing to say. Bertolt Brecht
Don't be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life. Bertolt Brecht
What is robbing a bank compared with founding a bank? Bertolt Brecht
It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk. Bertolt Brecht
On my wall hangs a Japanese carving, / The mask of an evil demon, decorated with gold lacquer. / Sympathetically I observe / The swollen veins of the forehead, indicating / What a strain it is to be evil. Bertolt Brecht