German literary critic, philosopher and social critic (1892-1940)
Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin was a German Jewish philosopher, cultural critic and essayist.
Walter Benjamin Quotes
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.
The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out.
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.
The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty would be too much of a good thing.
Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller can tell. He has borrowed his authority from death.
Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred.
Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away.
All human knowledge takes the form of interpretation.
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