Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.
By: Walter Benjamin
The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses... viewBy: Walter Benjamin
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... viewBy: Walter Benjamin
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... viewBy: Walter Benjamin
The destructive character lives from the feeling, not that life is worth living, but that suicide is not worth the trouble... viewBy: Walter Benjamin
He who observes etiquette but objects to lying is like someone who dresses fashionably but wears no vest... viewBy: Walter Benjamin
The true picture of the past flits by. The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and is never seen again... viewBy: Walter Benjamin