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Karl Kraus
(1874-1936) born on
Apr 28
Austrian journalist, critic, playwright, poet. He has been compared to Juvenal and Jonathan Swift for his satiric vision and command of language.
         
   
F
Adults who [hang] gifts of a ready-made education on the Christmas tree of a child waiting outside the door to life do not realize how unreceptive they are making the children to everything that constitutes the true surprise of life.

R
If a reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens out life with his lies.
A
A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.
N
Journalists write because they have nothing to say, and have something to say because they write.
K
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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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The World of Posters," in Simplicissimus (Munich, 1909; repr. in In These Great Times: A Karl Kraus Reader, ed. by Harry Zohn, 1976).
R: Speech, 11/19/1914
A: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
N: Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, `In Hollow Heads'
K: Nachts, ch. 5 (1918; repr. in Half-Truths and One-And-A Half-Truths: Selected Aphorisms, "In this War we are Dealing. . .," ed. by Harry Zohn, 1976).
   


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