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Walter Benjamin
(1892-1940) born on
Jul 15
German man of letters, aesthetician. He is now considered to have been the most important German literary critic in the first half of the 20th century.
         
   
F
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.

R
The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.
A
He who asks fortune-tellers the future unwittingly forfeits an inner intimation of coming events that is a thousand times more exact than anything they may say.
N
He who observes etiquette but objects to lying is like someone who dresses fashionably but wears no vest.
K
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.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "One-Way Street," "Madame Ariane --Second Courtyard on the Left," 1928.
R: "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," sct. 13, 1936.
A: "One-Way Street," "Madame Ariane --Second Courtyard on the Left," 1928.
N: "One-Way Street," "Fancy Goods," 1928.
K: "Karl Kraus," in "Frankfurter Zeitung," no. 76 (Frankfurt), 1931.
   


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