Walter Benjamin (1982-1940) German critic, philosopher

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Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories. - Walter Benjamin


Opinions are a private matter. The public has an interest only in judgments. - Walter Benjamin


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


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


Like ultraviolet rays memory shows to each man in the book of life a script that invisibly and prophetically glosses the text. - 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. - Walter Benjamin


Quotations in my work are like wayside robbers who leap out armed and relieve the stroller of his conviction. - Walter Benjamin


Opinions are to the vast apparatus of social existence what oil is to machines: one does not go up to a turbine and pour machine oil over it; one applies a little to hidden spindles and joints that one has to know. - Walter Benjamin


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