Karl Kraus: Half Truths and One and a Half Truths: Selected Aphorisms on Ideas and Opinions

09 November 2019



  • An idea is a love child. An opinion is recognized by bourgeois society.
  • Sound opinions are valueless. What matters is who holds them.
  • He who expresses opinions must not let himself be caught in a contradiction. He who has ideas thinks amidst contradictions as well.
  • It is better not to express what one means than to express what one does not mean.
  • In one ear and out the other: this would still make the head a transit station. What I hear has to go out the same ear.
  • Many share my views with me. But I don’t share them with them.
  • It so often happened to me that someone who shared my opinion kept the larger share for himself that I am now forewarned and offer people only ideas.
  • An idea’s birth is legitimate only if one has the feeling that one is plagiarizing oneself.
  • Education is what most people receive, many pass on, and few have.
  • In a hollow head there is much room for knowledge.

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