"Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller can tell. He has borrowed his authority from death."
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live."Walter Benjamin on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent."Walter Benjamin on Buddha
"The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead."Walter Benjamin on Albert Einstein
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."Walter Benjamin on Mark Twain
"Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But there's a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see."Walter Benjamin on Helen Keller
"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."
"The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty would be too much of a good thing."
"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."