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Walter Benjamin Quotes

Walter Benjamin Quote: “Capitalism is a purely cultic religion, perhaps the most extreme that ever existed.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Marx says that revolutions are the locomotives of world history. But the situation may be quite different. Perhaps revolutions are not the train ride, but the human race grabbing for the emergency brake.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “The concept of progress must be grounded in the idea of catastrophe. That things are ‘status quo’ is the catastrophe.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “It is the task of the translator to release in his own language that pure language that is under the spell of another, to liberate the language imprisoned in a work in his re-creation of that work.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “History breaks down into images, not into stories.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “There is no document of civilization that is not at the same time a document of barbarism.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “I came into the world under the sign of Saturn – the star of the slowest revolution, the planet of detours and delays.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “You could tell a lot about a man by the books he keeps – his tastes, his interest, his habits.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Only for the sake of the hopeless have we been given hope.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “We collect books in the belief that we are preserving them when in fact it is the books that preserve their collector.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “The destructive character lives from the feeling, not that life is worth living, but that suicide is not worth the trouble.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Never stop writing because you have run out of ideas.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “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 Quote: “The illiterate of the future will not be the man who cannot read the alphabet, but the one who cannot take a photograph.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “The present, which, as a model of Messianic time, comprises the entire history of mankind in an enormous abridgment, coincides with the stature which the history of mankind has in the universe.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “For what is the program of the bourgeois parties? A bad poem on springtime, filled to bursting with metaphors.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “It is only for those without hope that hope is given.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Art teaches us to see into things. Folk art and kitsch allow us to see outward from within things.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “All the decisive blows are struck left-handed.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “In every case the storyteller is a man who has counsel for his readers.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “There is no muse of philosophy, nor is there one of translation.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “What we must demand from the photographer is the ability to put such a caption beneath his picture as will rescue it from the ravages of modishness and confer upon it a revolutionary use value.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Each morning the day lies like a fresh shirt on our bed; this incomparably fine, incomparably tightly woven tissue of pure prediction fits us perfectly. The happiness of the next twenty-four hours depends on our ability, on waking, to pick it up.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “The work of memory collapses time.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “In the convulsions of the commodity economy, we begin to recognize the monuments of the bourgeoisie as ruins even before they have crumbled.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Those who do not learn how to decipher photographs will be the illiterate of the future.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Mechanical reproduction emancipates the work of art from its parasitical dependence on ritual.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “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 Quote: “These are days when no one should rely unduly on his competence. Strength lies in improvisation. All the decisive blows are struck left-handed.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Never stop writing because you have run out of ideas. Fill the lacunae of inspiration by tidily copying out what is already written.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “True translation is transparent: it does not obscure the original, does not stand in its light, but rather allows pure language, as if strengthened by its own medium, to shine even more fully on the original.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “The construction of life is at present in the power of facts far more than convictions.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “In the fields with which we are concerned, knowledge comes only in flashes. The text is the thunder rolling long afterward.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Let no thought pass incognito, and keep your notebook as strictly as the authorities keep their register of aliens.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Gifts must affect the receiver to the point of shock.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “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 Quote: “The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the “state of emergency” in which we live is not the exception but the rule.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Work on a good piece of writing proceeds on three levels: a musical one, where it is composed; an architectural one, where it is constructed; and finally, a textile one, where it is woven.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Our image of happiness is indissolubly bound up with the image of redemption.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty would be too much of a good thing.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “In the end, we get older, we kill everyone who loves us through the worries we give them, through the troubled tenderness we inspire in them, and the fears we ceaselessly cause.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “He who asks fortune-tellers the future unwittingly forfeits an inner intimation of coming events that is a thousand times more exact than anything they may say.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “All great works of literature either dissolve a genre or invent one.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Allegories are, in the realm of thought, what ruins are in the realm of things.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “For every second of time was the strait gate through which the Messiah might enter.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Kitsch offers instantaneous emotional gratification without intellectual effort, without the requirement of distance, wihtout sublimation.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “Ownership is the most intimate relationship that one can have to objects. Not that they come alive in him; it is he who lives in them.”
Walter Benjamin Quote: “If sleep is the apogee of physical relaxation, boredom is the apogee of mental relaxation. Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience.”
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