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Walter Benjamin

German,  Critic
Total Quotes : 26
Book Lovingly Cannibal

Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.

- Walter Benjamin

Etiquette Like Someone

He who observes etiquette but objects to lying is like someone who dresses fashionably but wears no vest.

- Walter Benjamin

Affect Shock Receiver

Gifts must affect the receiver to the point of shock.

- Walter Benjamin

Wisdom Counsel Woven

Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.

- Walter Benjamin

Egg Boredom Away

Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away.

- Walter Benjamin

Interpretation Form Takes

All human knowledge takes the form of interpretation.

- Walter Benjamin

Books Public Quarrels

Books and harlots have their quarrels in public.

- Walter Benjamin

Chaos Borders Chaotic

Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories.

- Walter Benjamin

Memory Which Cities

Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred.

- Walter Benjamin

Art New Distinction

The greater the decrease in the social significance of an art form, the sharper the distinction between criticism and enjoyment by the public. The conventional is uncritically enjoyed, and the truly new is criticized with aversion.

- Walter Benjamin

Happy Aware Fright

To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.

- Walter Benjamin

Unconscious Does Impulses

The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.

- Walter Benjamin

Interest Private Public

Opinions are a private matter. The public has an interest only in judgments.

- Walter Benjamin

Love Knowing Person

The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope.

- Walter Benjamin

Hidden Over It Over

Opinions are to the vast apparatus of social existence what oil is to machines: one does not go up to a turbine and pour machine oil over it; one applies a little to hidden spindles and joints that one has to know.

- Walter Benjamin

Process Unlimited Scope

The adjustment of reality to the masses and of the masses to reality is a process of unlimited scope, as much for thinking as for perception.

- Walter Benjamin

Hope Only Given

It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us.

- Walter Benjamin

Far More Than

The construction of life is at present in the power of facts far more than convictions.

- Walter Benjamin

Character Worth Living

The destructive character lives from the feeling, not that life is worth living, but that suicide is not worth the trouble.

- Walter Benjamin

Beauty Idea A Good Thing

The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty would be too much of a good thing.

- Walter Benjamin