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

09 November 2019



  • Science is spectral analysis. Art is light synthesis.
  • In art the important thing is not that one takes eggs and fat, but that one has fire and a pan.
  • Love and art do not embrace what is beautiful but what is made beautiful by this embrace.
  • Imagination has the right to feast in the shade of the tree that it turns into a forest.
  • An excellent pianist; but his playing must drown out the belching of good society after dinner.
  • What is the Ninth Symphony compared to a pop tune played by a hurdy-gurdy and a memory!
  • Many talents preserve their precociousness right into old age.
  • Plenty of horse traders now pin their hopes on Pegasus.
  • A snob is unreliable. The work he praises might just be good.
  • Only he is an artist who can make a riddle out of a solution.

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