"The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty would be too much of a good thing."
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."Walter Benjamin on Confucius
"To love beauty is to see light."Walter Benjamin on Victor Hugo
"Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person."Walter Benjamin on Amanda Peet
"A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears."Walter Benjamin on Anne Roiphe
"People are like stained - glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."Walter Benjamin on Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"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."
"The art of storytelling is reaching its end because the epic side of truth, wisdom, is dying out."
"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."
"Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller can tell. He has borrowed his authority from death."
"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."
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