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Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: To perceive the aura of an object we To perceive the aura of an object we look at means to invest it with the ability to look at us in return. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: In every case the storyteller is a man In every case the storyteller is a man who has counsel for his readers. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: We collect books in the belief that we We collect books in the belief that we are preserving them when in fact it is the books that preserve their collector. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: There is no muse of philosophy, nor is There is no muse of philosophy, nor is there one of translation. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: What draws the reader to the novel is What draws the reader to the novel is the hope of warming his shivering life with a death he reads about — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Literature tells very little to those who understand Literature tells very little to those who understand it. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: The film is the first art form capable The film is the first art form capable of demonstrating how matter plays tricks on man. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: To great writers, finished works weigh lighter than To great writers, finished works weigh lighter than those fragments on which they labor their entire lives. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: As Hegel put it, only when it is As Hegel put it, only when it is dark does the owl of Minerva begin its flight. Only in extinction is the collector comprehend. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Do not write the conclusion of a work Do not write the conclusion of a work in your familiar study. You would not find the necessary courage there. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: The art of storytelling is reaching its end The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: The killing of a criminal can be moral-but The killing of a criminal can be moral-but never its legitimation. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Like ultraviolet rays memory shows to each man Like ultraviolet rays memory shows to each man in the book of life a script that invisibly and prophetically glosses the text. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: What, in the end, makes advertisements superior to What, in the end, makes advertisements superior to criticism? Not what the moving red neon says - but the fiery pool reflecting it in the asphalt. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Books and harlots have their quarrels in public. Books and harlots have their quarrels in public. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: I would like to metamorphose into a mouse-mountain. I would like to metamorphose into a mouse-mountain. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: For what is the program of the bourgeois For what is the program of the bourgeois parties? A bad poem on springtime, filled to bursting with metaphors. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: All disgust is originally disgust at touching. All disgust is originally disgust at touching. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Never stop writing because you have run out Never stop writing because you have run out of ideas. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: No poem is intended for the reader, no No poem is intended for the reader, no picture for the beholder, no symphony for the listener. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Every passion borders on chaos, that of the Every passion borders on chaos, that of the collector on the chaos of memory. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: As long as there is still one beggar As long as there is still one beggar around, there will still be myth. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: All efforts to make politics aesthetic culminate in All efforts to make politics aesthetic culminate in one thing, war. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: The only way of knowing a person is The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: There is no document of civilization that is There is no document of civilization that is not at the same time a document of barbarism. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: History is made up of fragments and absences. History is made up of fragments and absences. What is left out is as significant as what is included. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: History breaks down into images, not into stories. History breaks down into images, not into stories. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: In the fields with which we are concerned, In the fields with which we are concerned,
knowledge comes only in flashes. The text
is the thunder rolling long afterward. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: The art of the critic in a nutshell: The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: How different everything would have been if they How different everything would have been if they had been victorious in life who have won victory in death. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: History is written by the victors. History is written by the victors. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Solitude appeared to me as the only fit Solitude appeared to me as the only fit state of man. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Laurie Anderson: History is an angel being blown backwards into History is an angel being blown backwards into the future — Laurie Anderson
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: You follow the same paths of thought as You follow the same paths of thought as before. Only, they appear strewn with roses. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: In times of terror, when everyone is something In times of terror, when everyone is something of a conspirator, everyone will be in a situation where he has to play detective. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Quotations in my work are like wayside robbers Quotations in my work are like wayside robbers who leap out armed and relieve the stroller of his conviction. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: No more semblance or disemblance, no more God No more semblance or disemblance, no more God or Man, only an immanent logic of the principle of operativity. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Rather than ask, What is the attitude of Rather than ask, What is the attitude of a work to the relations of production of its time? I should like to ask, What is its position in them. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: You could tell a lot about a man You could tell a lot about a man by the books he keeps - his tastes, his interest, his habits. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: The distracted person, too, can form habits. The distracted person, too, can form habits. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: All the decisive blows are struck left-handed. All the decisive blows are struck left-handed. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Kitsch offers instantaneous emotional gratification without intellectual effort, Kitsch offers instantaneous emotional gratification without intellectual effort, without the requirement of distance, wihtout sublimation. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Avital Ronell: Giorgio Agamben is possibly the most delicate and Giorgio Agamben is possibly the most delicate and probing thinker since Walter Benjamin. — Avital Ronell
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Every image of the past that is not Every image of the past that is not recognised by the present as one of its own threatens to disappear irretrievably. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Those who do not learn how to decipher Those who do not learn how to decipher photographs will be the illiterate of the future. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Allegories are, in the realm of thought, what Allegories are, in the realm of thought, what ruins are in the realm of things. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: The gaze of nature thus awakened dreams and The gaze of nature thus awakened dreams and pulls the poet after it. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: The idea that happiness could have a share The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty would be too much of a good thing. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Phillip Lopate: Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method.
- Walter Benjamin, Unpacking My Library — Phillip Lopate
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: To the lover the loved one always appears To the lover the loved one always appears as solitary. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller can tell. He has borrowed his authority from death. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: To be happy is to be able to To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Every monument of civilization is a monument of Every monument of civilization is a monument of barbarism — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Languages are not strangers to on another. Languages are not strangers to on another. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: To articulate what is past does not mean To articulate what is past does not mean to recognize "how it really was." It means to take control of a memory, as it flashes in a moment of danger. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Art teaches us to see into things. Folk Art teaches us to see into things. Folk art and kitsch allow us to see outward from within things. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: The experience of our generation: that capitalism will The experience of our generation:
that capitalism will not die a natural death. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: A real translation is transparent. A real translation is transparent. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: How immensely the world is simplified when tested How immensely the world is simplified when tested for its worthiness of destruction. This is the great bond embracing and unifying all that exists. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: It is only for the sake of those It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Mechanical reproduction emancipates the work of art from Mechanical reproduction emancipates the work of art from its parasitical dependence on ritual. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Only for the sake of the hopeless have Only for the sake of the hopeless have we been given hope. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Opinions are a private matter. The public has Opinions are a private matter. The public has an interest only in judgments. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: What figure does the man of letters cut What figure does the man of letters cut in a country where his employer is the proletariat ? — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: To a book collector, you see, the true To a book collector, you see, the true freedom of all books is somewhere on his shelves. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Any order is a balancing act of extreme Any order is a balancing act of extreme precariousness. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: For every second of time was the strait For every second of time was the strait gate through which the Messiah might enter. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Gifts must affect the receiver to the point Gifts must affect the receiver to the point of shock. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Let no thought pass incognito, and keep your Let no thought pass incognito, and keep your notebook as strictly as the authorities keep their register of aliens. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: It is only for those without hope that It is only for those without hope that hope is given. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: The more circumspectly you delay writing down an The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Capitalism is a purely cultic religion, perhaps the Capitalism is a purely cultic religion, perhaps the most extreme that ever existed. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: How many cities have revealed themselves to me How many cities have revealed themselves to me in the marches I undertook in the pursuit of books! — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: The adjustment of reality to the masses and 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
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Thus there is in the life of a Thus there is in the life of a collector a dialectical tensions between the poles of disorder and order. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Work on good prose has three steps: a Work on good prose has three steps: a musical stage when it is composed, an architectonic one when it is built, and a textile one when it is woven. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: What has been forgotten ... is never something What has been forgotten ... is never something purely individual. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: I came into the world under the sign I came into the world under the sign of Saturn
the star of the slowest revolution, the planet of detours and delays. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Ideas are to objects as constellations are to Ideas are to objects as constellations are to stars [translated from Trauerspiel, 1928]. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Things are only mannequins and even the great Things are only mannequins and even the great world-historical events are only costumes beneath which they exchange glances with nothingness — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: All human knowledge takes the form of interpretation. All human knowledge takes the form of interpretation. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Truth resists being projected into the realm of Truth resists being projected into the realm of knowledge. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: He who observes etiquette but objects to lying He who observes etiquette but objects to lying is like someone who dresses fashionably but wears no vest. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: The destructive character lives from the feeling, not The destructive character lives from the feeling, not that life is worth living, but that suicide is not worth the trouble. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Thinking involves not only the flow of thoughts, Thinking involves not only the flow of thoughts, but their arrest as well. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Press to make the public incapable of judging, Press to make the public incapable of judging, to insinuate into it the ... — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: The work of memory collapses time. The work of memory collapses time. — Walter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin Quotes By Walter Benjamin: Clearly, this is at bottom the same ancient Clearly, this is at bottom the same ancient lament that the masses seek distraction whereas art demands concentration from the spectator. — Walter Benjamin