Walter Benjamin

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The beauty of a
harlot is the frenzy of
her apparatus

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Before touching a
baby one must pour oil on
its joints and spindles

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To be happy is
to be uninformed; it is
life in a nutshell

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Memory is a
robber who seizes a past
that should be interred

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Etiquette is a
quarrel with the chaotic
boredom of fashion

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To a cannibal
procreation is just too
much of a good thing

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All human knowledge
takes the form of disgust with
interpretation

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The ecstasy of
destruction spices one’s fright
of death without hope

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Art is a process
of unconscious impulses
like rustling leaves

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Social existence:
the theatre of borrowed
wayside opinions

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Quotations are the
irresponsible substance
of character shock

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Love is all optics . . .
Flashes of passion that are
not worth the trouble

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