Walter Benjamin

(1892-1940 / Berlin)

Walter Benjamin Quotes

  • ''All disgust is originally disgust at touching.''
    Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In One-Way Street and Other Writings (1978). "Gloves," One-Way Street (1928).
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  • ''The killing of a criminal can be moral—but never its legitimation.''
    Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In One-Way Street and Other Writings (1978). "Hardware," One-Way Street (1928).
  • ''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.''
    Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In Reflections, ed. Peter Demetz (1978). "Karl Kraus," no. 76, Frankfurter Zeitung (Frankfurt, 1931).
  • ''Opinions are a private matter. The public has an interest only in judgments.''
    Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In Reflections, ed. Peter Demetz (1978). "Karl Kraus," no. 76, Frankfurter Zeitung (Frankfurt, 1931).
  • ''Like ultraviolet rays memory shows to each man in the book of life a script that invisibly and prophetically glosses the text.''
    Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In One-Way Street and Other Writings (1978). "Madame Ariane—Second Courtyard on the Left," One-Way Street (1928).
  • ''Books and harlots have their quarrels in public.''
    Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. in One-Way Street and Other Writings (1978?). One-Way Street, "no. 13," (1928).
  • ''Quotations in my work are like wayside robbers who leap out armed and relieve the stroller of his conviction.''
    Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. One-Way Street, "Hardware," (1928), repr. In One-Way Street and Other Writings (1978).
  • ''Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.''
    Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In One-Way Street and Other Writings (1978). "Post No Bills: The Critic's Technique in Thirteen Theses," One-Way Street (1928).
  • ''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 (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In One-Way Street and Other Writings (1978). "Post No Bills: The Critic's Technique in Thirteen Theses," One-Way Street (1928).
  • ''Experience has taught me that the shallowest of communist platitudes contains more of a hierarchy of meaning than contemporary bourgeois profundity.''
    Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. Letter, March 7, 1931; published in Briefe (Frankfurt, 1966). Quoted in One-Way Street and Other Writings, publisher's note (1978).

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