Karl Kraus: Half Truths and One and a Half Truths: Selected Aphorisms on Journalism

08 November 2019

  • Why didn’t Eternity have this deformed age aborted? Its birthmark is the stamp of the newspaper, its meconium is printer’s ink, and in its veins flows ink.
  • There are people among us still who look as though they’ve just come from Christ’s crucifixion, and there are others who seem to be asking, What did he say? Yet others exist who write it all down under the title “The Events on Golgotha.”

  • Newspapers have roughly the same relationship to life as fortune tellers to metaphysics.
  • Journalism only seems to be serving the present. In reality it destroys the intellectual receptivity of posterity.
  • A journalist is stimulated by a deadline. He writes worse when he has time.
  • The making of a journalist: no ideas and the ability to express them.
  • Journalists write because they have nothing to say, and have something to say because they write.
  • A historian is not always a prophet facing backwards, but a journalist is always someone who afterwards knew everything beforehand.

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