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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.
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.

The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.
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.
He who observes etiquette but objects to lying is like someone who dresses fashionably but wears no vest.
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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