Bertolt Brecht Quotes

Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it. – Bertolt Brecht

Grub first, then ethics. – Bertolt Brecht

The good old days are never coming back. – Bertolt Brecht

The finest plans have always been spoiled by the stupidity of those carrying them out. – Bertolt Brecht

It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk. – Bertolt Brecht

War is an evil, but it is not the greatest evil. The greatest evil is the poverty and misery that war brings. – Bertolt Brecht

Intellectuals, it’s not your job to speak the truth, it’s your job to find it. – Bertolt Brecht

The world is full of contradictions that need to be exposed, not embraced. – Bertolt Brecht

Don’t be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life. – Bertolt Brecht

What power cannot devise, art can. – Bertolt Brecht

Theater is not a mirror. It is a magnifying glass. – Bertolt Brecht

Only those who see the invisible can do the impossible. – Bertolt Brecht

Art is not a luxury, but a necessity. – Bertolt Brecht

The worst illiterate is the political illiterate. – Bertolt Brecht

Art is not a mirror, but a hammer. It helps us question, challenge, and change the world around us. – Bertolt Brecht

The society that has too many rules destroys the creativity of its people. – Bertolt Brecht

Don’t be blinded by ideology. Look beyond the surface and question everything. – Bertolt Brecht

Those who remain quiet in times of injustice are complicit in that injustice. – Bertolt Brecht

Fear makes people obedient, but it does not make them free. – Bertolt Brecht

The theater is the most powerful weapon of all. – Bertolt Brecht

We need to uncover the truth, even if it destroys our illusions. – Bertolt Brecht

A thinker must not worry about what people think of him, only about what he thinks of himself. – Bertolt Brecht

The great are only great because we are on our knees. – Bertolt Brecht

The world needs artists who are willing to challenge the status quo. – Bertolt Brecht

The only moral thing is to be alive, to live fully and to fulfill your dreams. – Bertolt Brecht

Don’t just wait for change. Be the change you want to see in the world. – Bertolt Brecht

Silence in the face of injustice is a crime. – Bertolt Brecht

The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be. – Bertolt Brecht

It takes courage to change the world, but it takes even more courage to change oneself. – Bertolt Brecht

Art is not a matter of talent, but of perseverance and dedication. – Bertolt Brecht

Learn to see the world from multiple perspectives, not just your own. – Bertolt Brecht

The true measure of a civilization is not how it treats its highest citizens, but how it treats its lowest ones. – Bertolt Brecht

The true test of a play is not what it says, but what it does. – Bertolt Brecht

We must learn to live together as brothers, or we will perish together as fools. – Bertolt Brecht

To be successful means to take responsibility for your own life. – Bertolt Brecht

The most powerful weapon in the hands of oppressors is the mind of the oppressed. – Bertolt Brecht

In times of crisis, the greatest danger is not the enemy, but the indifference of the people. – Bertolt Brecht

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. – Bertolt Brecht

Don’t let fear hold you back. Take risks and be bold. – Bertolt Brecht

The purpose of art is not to please, but to provoke. – Bertolt Brecht

A theater that doesn’t provoke is a theater that has lost its purpose. – Bertolt Brecht

The greatest crimes are not committed by those who break the rules, but by those who make the rules. – Bertolt Brecht

The only way to change the world is to question the world. – Bertolt Brecht

Never stop learning. The more you know, the more you can change. – Bertolt Brecht

We are all responsible for the world we live in. We must all do our part to make it a better place. – Bertolt Brecht

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