April 6, 2012
"None of us has the time to live the true dramas of the life that we are destined for. This is what ages us - this and nothing else. The wrinkles and creases on our faces are the registration of the great passions, vices, insights that called on us; but we, the masters, were not home."

— Walter Benjamin from Illuminations (via gravellyrun)

September 27, 2011
"How many cities have revealed themselves to me in the marches I undertook in the pursuit of books!"

— Walter Benjamin (via ciutats)

September 7, 2011
"Mankind, which in Homer’s time was an object of contemplation for the Olympian gods, now is one for itself. Its self-alienation has reached such a degree that it can experience its own destruction as an aesthetic pleasure of the first order."

— Walter Benjamin, ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’ (via littleeve)

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August 23, 2011

Walter Benjamin & Bertholt Brecht playing chess (Svendborg, Denmark 1934)


Walter Benjamin & Bertholt Brecht playing chess (Svendborg, Denmark 1934)

August 23, 2011
"There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism."

— Walter Benjamin (via timeandlight)

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August 17, 2011
"It is not enough to know that an ecstatic component lives in every revolutionary act. This component is identical to anarchy. To accentuate this exclusively would be to subordinate methodical and disciplined preparation for the revolution entirely to a praxis oscillating between fitness exercises and celebrations in advance."

— Walter Benjamin (quoted in Michael Löwy’s, Morning Star)

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