Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was a famous German playwright, poet and stage director. Using his “defamiliarization effect” or “distancing effect”, he believed that theater is supposed to be a representation of reality and not reality itself, a fact that was apparent in his “epic theater” techniques. Some of his most famous and acclaimed works include: The Threepenny Opera, The Mother, The Good Person of Szechwan, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Saint Joan of the Stockyards and Mother Courage and Her Children.

Bertolt Brecht 1898-1956. Tysk forfatter. Dramatiker.Foto: SCANPIX

1.”Don’t be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life. ”

2.”The world of knowledge takes a crazy turn when teachers themselves are taught to learn.”

3.”Right is its own defense.”

4.”A man who strains himself on the stage is bound, if he is any good, to strain all the people sitting in the stalls.”

5.”Mixing one’s wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably. ”

6.”War is like love, it always finds a way. ”


7.”No one will improve your lot if you do not yourself.”

8.”What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone? ”

9.”Don’t tell me peace has broken out. ”

10.”Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring factions.”

11.”People remain what they are even if their faces fall apart.”

12.”For once you must try not to shirk the facts:
Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts.”


13.”First comes a full stomach, then comes ethics.”

14.”There are men who struggle for a day and they are good.
There are men who struggle for a year and they are better.
There are men who struggle many years, and they are better still.
But there are those who struggle all their lives:
These are the indispensable ones.”

15.”If art reflects life, it does so with special mirrors.”

16.”Art and science coincide insofar as both aim to improve the lives of men and women.”

17.”Unhappy is the land that needs a hero.”

18.”The rain
Never falls upwards.
When the wound
Stops hurting
What hurts is
The scar.”

19.”I’m having a hard time; I’m preparing my next mistake.”

20.”A man asked Mr. K. whether there is a God. Mr. K. said: ‘I advise you to consider whether, depending on the answer, your behavior would change. If it would not change, then we can drop the question. If it would change, then I can at least be of help to the extent that I can say, you have already decided: you need a God.'”