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Bertolt Brecht

Date de naissance: 10. février 1898
Date de décès: 14. août 1956
Autres noms:Bertold Brecht,Бертольд Брехт

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Bertolt Brecht, né le 10 février 1898 à Augsbourg, en Bavière et mort le 14 août 1956 à Berlin-Est, est un dramaturge, metteur en scène, critique théâtral, écrivain auteur de romans et récits en prose et poète allemand du XXe siècle .

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Citations Bertolt Brecht

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„Art is not a mirror to hold up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it.“

— Bertolt Brecht
Mistakenly attributed to Vladimir Mayakovsky in The Political Psyche (1993) by Andrew Samuels, p. 9; mistakenly attributed to Brecht in Paulo Freire: A Critical Encounter (1993) by Peter McLaren and Peter Leonard, p. 80; variant translation: "Art is not a mirror held up to society, but a hammer with which to shape it." First recorded in Leon Trotsky, Literature and Revolution (1924; edited by William Keach (2005), Ch. 4: Futurism, p. 120): "Art, it is said, is not a mirror, but a hammer: it does not reflect, it shapes."

„Do not treat me in this fashion. Don't leave me out. Have I not
Always spoken the truth in my books?“

— Bertolt Brecht
Context: Do not treat me in this fashion. Don't leave me out. Have I not Always spoken the truth in my books? And now You treat me like a liar! I order you: Burn me! Those who lead the country into the abyss Call ruling too difficult For ordinary men. Ah, what an age it is When to speak of trees is almost a crime For it is a kind of silence about injustice! A response to the Nazi book burnings, in "To Posterity" (1939) as translated by H. R. Hays (1947)

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„You know what the trouble with peace is? No organization.“

— Bertolt Brecht
Context: What they could do with round here is a good war. What else can you expect with peace running wild all over the place? You know what the trouble with peace is? No organization. The Sergeant, in Scene 1

„Ah, what an age it is
When to speak of trees is almost a crime
For it is a kind of silence about injustice!“

— Bertolt Brecht
Context: Do not treat me in this fashion. Don't leave me out. Have I not Always spoken the truth in my books? And now You treat me like a liar! I order you: Burn me! Those who lead the country into the abyss Call ruling too difficult For ordinary men. Ah, what an age it is When to speak of trees is almost a crime For it is a kind of silence about injustice! A response to the Nazi book burnings, in "To Posterity" (1939) as translated by H. R. Hays (1947)

„And the shark he has his teeth and
There they are for all to see
And Macheath he has his knife but
No one knows where it may be.“

— Bertolt Brecht
Context: And the shark he has his teeth and There they are for all to see And Macheath he has his knife but No one knows where it may be. "The Moritat of Mackie the Knife" in Prologue, p. 3 Translation note: A "moritat" (a word meaning both "muderous deed" and "ballad") is a street song telling of murderous crimes. Lotte Lenya, "Foreword", p. xii Variant translation: Oh the shark has pretty teeth dear, <br/> And he shows them pearly white <br/> Just a jack-knife has Macheath dear <br/> And he keeps it out of sight. Marc Blitzstein translation; largely used for Louis Armstrong's and Bobby Darin's pop renditions of "The Ballad of Mack the Knife"

„Thus for art to be 'unpolitical' means only to ally itself with the 'ruling' group.“

— Bertolt Brecht
Context: Unless an actor is satisfied to be a parrot or a monkey he must master our period's knowledge of human social life by himself joining the war of the classes. Some people may feel this is degrading, because they rank art, once the money side has been settled, as one of the highest things; but mankind's highest decisions are in fact fought out on earth, not in the heavens; in the 'external world', not inside people's heads. Nobody can stand above the warring classes, for nobody can stand above the human race. Society cannot share a common communication system so long as it is split into warring classes. Thus for art to be 'unpolitical' means only to ally itself with the 'ruling' group. ¶ 55

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„Let nothing be called natural
In an age of bloody confusion“

— Bertolt Brecht
Context: Let nothing be called natural In an age of bloody confusion, Ordered disorder, planned caprice, And dehumanized humanity, lest all things Be held unalterable! The Exception and the Rule (1937), Prologue

„That's great art — Everything is self-evident. I am made to cry with those who cry, and laugh with those who laugh.“

— Bertolt Brecht
Context: The theater-goer in conventional dramatic theater says: Yes, I've felt that way, too. That's the way I am. That's life. That's the way it will always be. The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is no escape for him. That's great art — Everything is self-evident. I am made to cry with those who cry, and laugh with those who laugh. But the theater-goer in the epic theater says: I would never have thought that. You can't do that. That's very strange, practically unbelievable. That has to stop. The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is an escape for him. That's great art — nothing is self-evident. I am made to laugh about those who cry, and cry about those who laugh. "Entertainment or Education? (1936)

„The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is an escape for him. That's great art — nothing is self-evident. I am made to laugh about those who cry, and cry about those who laugh.“

— Bertolt Brecht
Context: The theater-goer in conventional dramatic theater says: Yes, I've felt that way, too. That's the way I am. That's life. That's the way it will always be. The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is no escape for him. That's great art — Everything is self-evident. I am made to cry with those who cry, and laugh with those who laugh. But the theater-goer in the epic theater says: I would never have thought that. You can't do that. That's very strange, practically unbelievable. That has to stop. The suffering of this or that person grips me because there is an escape for him. That's great art — nothing is self-evident. I am made to laugh about those who cry, and cry about those who laugh. "Entertainment or Education? (1936)

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