Quotes from Mother Courage and Her Children

Bertolt Brecht ·  112 pages

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“I won't let you spoil my war for me. Destroys the weak, does it? Well, what does peace do for'em, huh? War feeds its people better.”
― Bertolt Brecht, quote from Mother Courage and Her Children


“MUTTER COURAGE Mir scheint, ich hab zu lang gehandelt.”
― Bertolt Brecht, quote from Mother Courage and Her Children


“Sometimes I see myself driving through hell with this wagon and selling brimstone. And sometimes I’m driving through heaven handing our provisions to wandering souls! If only we could find a place where there’s no shooting, me and my children—what’s left of ‘em—we might rest a while.”
― Bertolt Brecht, quote from Mother Courage and Her Children


“He says he'd like to kiss the ground you walk on-reminds me, did you wash them yesterday?- and after that you're his skivvy.”
― Bertolt Brecht, quote from Mother Courage and Her Children


“Potkupljivost je u ljudi isto što u Boga milosrđe.”
― Bertolt Brecht, quote from Mother Courage and Her Children



“He’ll never be conquered, that man, and you know why? We all back him up – the little fellows like you and me. Oh yes, to hear the big fellows talk, they ‘re fighting for their beliefs and so on, but if you look into it, you find they’re not that silly: they do want to make a profit on the deal. So you and I back them up! COOK”
― Bertolt Brecht, quote from Mother Courage and Her Children


“VOJNI ŽUPNIK: Hoću reći, mira ima i u ratu, ima on svojih mirovnih mjesta. Rat naime zadovoljava sve potrebe, među njima i za mirom, tu je on zbrinut, inače se ne bi uspijevao održati. I u ratu se možeš pokakati kao i u najdubljem miru, a između jednog i drugog okršaja ima i piva, pa čak i dok se napreduje možeš malo zadrijemati, oslonjen o lakte, to se uvijek može, u grabi na ulici. Za juriša se doduše ne možeš kartati, ne možeš to ni dok u najdubljem miru oreš njivu, ali nakon pobjede ima tih mogućnosti. Može biti da ti kugla odnese nogu, isprva ispustiš grozan krik, kao da je to nešto, ali onda se primiriš ili dobiješ rakije, pa na kraju opet cupkaš, a rat nije nimalo lošiji no prije. A što te priječi da se usred tog klanja i množiš, iza nekog štaglja ili bilo gdje drugdje, od toga te nije moguće zadugo uzdržati, i rat onda dobije tvoje izdanke i može krenuti dalje. Ne, rat uvijek nađe izlaza, kako da ne. Zašto bi morao prestati?”
― Bertolt Brecht, quote from Mother Courage and Her Children


About the author

Bertolt Brecht
Born place: in Augsburg, Bavaria, Germany
Born date February 10, 1898
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