Walter Benjamin Quotes


8 Walter Benjamin quotes:



"The power of a text is different when it is read from when it is copied out. Only the copied text thus commands the soul of him who is occupied with it, whereas the mere reader never discovers the new aspects of his inner self that are opened by the text, that road cut through the interior jungle forever closing behind it: because the reader follows the movement of his mind in the free flight of day-dreaming, whereas the copier submits it to command."
"Like ultraviolet rays memory shows to each man in the book of life a script that invisibly and prophetically glosses the text."
"Books and harlots have their quarrels in public."
Author: Benjamin Quotes Category: Books And Reading Quotes German Critic Quotes
"To do justice to the figure of Kafka in its purity and its peculiar beauty one must never lose sight of one thing: it is the purity and beauty of a failure."
Author: Benjamin Quotes Category: Beauty Quotes
"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."
Author: Benjamin Quotes Category: Bed Quotes
"The destructive character lives from the feeling, not that life is worth living, but that suicide is not worth the trouble."
Author: Benjamin Quotes Category: Character Quotes German Critic Quotes
"Taking food alone tends to make one hard and coarse. Those accustomed to it must lead a Spartan life if they are not to go downhill. Hermits have observed, if for only this reason, a frugal diet. For it is only in company that eating is done justice; food must be divided and distributed if it is to be well received."
Author: Benjamin Quotes Category: Food Quotes
"Nothing is poorer than a truth expressed as it was thought. Committed to writing in such cases, it is not even a bad photograph. Truth wants to be startled abruptly, at one stroke, from her self-immersion, whether by uproar, music or cries for help."
Author: Benjamin Quotes Category: Truth Quotes



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