Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin

German philosopher

Lived from: 1882-1940

Category: Philosophers

Quotes: Walter Benjamin

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    The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope.
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    The art of the critic in a nutshell: to coin slogans without betraying ideas. The slogans of an inadequate criticism peddle ideas to fashion.
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    Any translation which intends to perform a transmitting function cannot transmit anything but information - hence, something inessential. This is the hallmark of bad translations.
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    Books and harlots have their quarrels in public.
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    Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away.
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    Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.
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    Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller can tell. He has borrowed his authority from death.
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    Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories.
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    Experience has taught me that the shallowest of communist platitudes contains more of a hierarchy of meaning than contemporary bourgeois profundity.
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    Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
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    Gifts must affect the receiver to the point of shock.
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    He who observes etiquette but objects to lying is like someone who dresses fashionably but wears no vest.
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    It is precisely the purpose of the public opinion generated by the press to make the public incapable of judging, to insinuate into it the attitude of someone irresponsible, uninformed.
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    Like ultraviolet rays memory shows to each man in the book of life a script that invisibly and prophetically glosses the text.
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    Living substance conquers the frenzy of destruction only in the ecstasy of procreation.
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