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WALTER BENJAMIN QUOTES

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

WALTER BENJAMIN, The Storyteller

In what time does man live? The thinkers have always known that he does not live in any time at all. The immortality of thoughts and deeds banishes him to a timeless realm at whose heart an inscrutable death lies in wait.... Devoured by the countless demands of the moment, time slipped away from him; the medium in which the pure melody of his youth would swell was destroyed. The fulfilled tranquility in which his late maturity would ripen was stolen from him. It was purloined by everyday reality, which, with its events, chance occurrences, and obligations, disrupted the myriad opportunities of youthful time, immortal time.... From day to day, second to second, the self preserves itself, clinging to that instrument: time, the instrument that it was supposed to play.

WALTER BENJAMIN, "The Metaphysics of Youth", Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings

Any order is a balancing act of extreme precariousness.

WALTER BENJAMIN, Illuminations: Essays and Reflections

We must not forget that the most enduring modifications in toys are never the work of adults, whether they be educators, manufacturers or writers, but are the result of children at play.

WALTER BENJAMIN, "Old Toys", Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings: Part 1 1927-1930


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