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Walter Benjamin Quotes and Sayings

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Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience.
A rustling in the leaves drives him away.
- 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 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.
- Walter Benjamin

Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller can tell.
He has borrowed his authority from death.
- Walter Benjamin

 

All disgust is originally disgust at touching.
- Walter Benjamin

The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does
psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.
- Walter Benjamin

Genuine polemics approach a book as lovingly as a cannibal spices a baby.
- Walter Benjamin

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

All human knowledge takes the form of interpretation.
- Walter Benjamin

To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.
- 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.
- Walter Benjamin

The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth,
wisdom, is dying out.
- Walter Benjamin

It is only for the sake of those without hope that hope is given to us.
- Walter Benjamin

Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.
- Walter Benjamin

The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty
would be too much of a good thing.
- Walter Benjamin

Gifts must affect the receiver to the point of shock.
- Walter Benjamin

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

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

Books and harlots have their quarrels in public.
- Walter Benjamin

The construction of life is at present in the power
of facts far more than convictions.
- Walter Benjamin

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.
- Walter Benjamin

The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope.
- Walter Benjamin

Living substance conquers the frenzy of destruction
only in the ecstasy of procreation.
- Walter Benjamin

He who observes etiquette but objects to lying is like
someone who dresses fashionably but wears no vest.
- Walter Benjamin

The destructive character lives from the feeling,
not that life is worth living, but that suicide is not worth the trouble.
- 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

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

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

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

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.
- Walter Benjamin

The beauty of facing life unprepared is tremendous.
Then life has a newness, a youth;
then life has a flow and freshness.
Then life has so many surprises.
And when life has so many surprises,
boredom never settles in you.
- Osho

Airline travel is hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror.
- Al Boliska

From the way most people live,
one would never guess that humans are beings of free will.
Repetition can be a choice, but often it isn't.
The athlete or pianist who practices the same routine
day after day, year after year, has their eye on a goal.
The unending repetition is a conscious choice
in the pursuit of a life dream.
But what about the sameness of most lives?
Observe the morning commute, the after-work drink,
the Sunday football game or religious service -
how many of those people are consciously following their dream,
training their mind, body, and spirit through that daily repetition?
And how many are mindlessly slogging through each day
out of habit and boredom?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I planned everything out in advance,
I'd expire of boredom.
- Peter Straub

To do the same thing over and over again is not only boredom:
it is to be controlled by rather than to control what you do.
- Heraclitus

Discussing how old you are is the temple of boredom.
- Ruth Gordon

Writer's block is the greatest side effect of boredom.
- Jason Zebehazy

One must, in one's life, make a choice between boredom and suffering.
- Madame de Stael

A subject for a great poet would be God's boredom after
the seventh day of creation.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Much is forgiven anyone who relieves the desperate
boredom of the working press.
- William Weld

People of Wealth and the so called upper class suffer the most from boredom.
- George Sanders

How some of the writers I come across get through their
books without dying of boredom is beyond me.
- William Gaddis

There's no excuse to be bored.
Sad, yes.
Angry, yes.
Depressed, yes.
Crazy, yes.
But there's no excuse for boredom, ever.
- Viggo Mortensen

For boredom speaks the language of time,
and it is to teach you the most valuable lesson of your life -
the lesson of your utter insignificance.
- Joseph Brodsky

Boredom is...
a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins
of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
- Bertrand Russell

I know when I'm working I seldom get into trouble.
My educated guess is that boredom has caused most of
the problems with Hollywood celebrities.
- Hedy Lamarr

I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
- Thomas Carlyle

Teens think listening to music helps them concentrate.
It doesn't.
It relieves them of the boredom that concentration on homework induces.
- Marilyn vos Savant

The boredom occasioned by too much restraint is always
preferable to that produced by an uncontrolled enthusiasm for a pointless variety.
- Osbert Lancaster

Jump out the window if you are the object of passion.
Flee it if you feel it.
Passion goes, boredom remains.
- Coco Chanel

Before, for me, peace could have been synonymous with boredom.
- Isabelle Adjani

Sooner barbarity than boredom.
- Theophile Gautier

Boredom is always counter-revolutionary.
Always.
- Guy Debord

Only the most acute and active animals are capable of boredom.
- A theme for a great poet would be God's boredom on
the seventh day of creation.
- Lewis Cass

It's the boredom that kills you.
You read until you're tired of that.
You do crossword puzzles until you're tired of that.
This is torture.
This is mental torture.
- Jack Kevorkian

Boredom is rage spread thin.
- Paul Tillich

For all the boredom the straight life brings,
it's not too bad.
- Gus Van Sant

I can excuse everything but boredom.
Boring people don't have to stay that way.
- Hedy Lamarr

Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Variety is more than a means of avoiding boredom,
since art is more than an entertainment of the senses.
- Rudolf Arnheim

The presidency has many problems, but boredom is the least of them.
- Richard M. Nixon

It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars,
who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.
- Wallace Stevens

He who seeks rest finds boredom.
He who seeks work finds rest.
- Dylan Thomas

Boredom: the desire for desires.
- Leo Tolstoy

One should only see a psychiatrist out of boredom.
- Muriel Spark

Morality is a venereal disease.
Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage,
boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis.
- Karl Kraus

The essence of life is the smile of round female bottoms,
under the shadow of cosmic boredom.
- Guy de Maupassant

Running through things because you are familiar with them,
breeds routine and this is the seed of boredom.
- James Galway

The chief product of an automated society is a widespread
and deepening sense of boredom.
- C. Northcote Parkinson

Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism.
- Wendell Phillips

In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom.
It is not always an easy sacrifice.
- Richard Bach


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