We collect books in the belief that we are preserving them when in fact it is the books that preserve their collector.
Opinions are a private matter. The public has an interest only in judgments.
The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope.
To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.
All human knowledge takes the form of interpretation.
The concept of progress must be grounded in the idea of catastrophe. That things are 'status quo' is the catastrophe
Thinking involves not only the flow of thoughts, but their arrest as well.
Those who do not learn how to decipher photographs will be the illiterate of the future.
The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself.
There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism.
The work of memory collapses time.
The experience of our generation:
that capitalism will not die a natural death.
Even the most perfect reproduction of a work of art is lacking in one element: its presence in time and space, its unique existence at the place where it happens to be.
Every monument of civilization is a monument of barbarism
The camera introduces us to unconscious optics as does psychoanalysis to unconscious impulses.
The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the "state of emergency" in which we live is not the exception but the rule.
You could tell a lot about a man by the books he keeps - his tastes, his interest, his habits.
Never stop writing because you have run out of ideas. Fill the lacunae of inspiration by tidily copying out what is already written.
Capitalism is a purely cultic religion, perhaps the most extreme that ever existed.
History breaks down into images, not into stories.
During long periods of history, the mode of human sense perception changes with humanity’s entire mode of existence. The manner in which human sense perception is organized, the medium in which it is accomplished, is determined not only by nature but by historical circumstances as well
The illiterate of the future will not be the man who cannot read the alphabet, but the one who cannot take a photograph.
All efforts to render politics aesthetic culminate in one thing: war.
Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector's passion borders on the chaos of memories.
Mechanical reproduction emancipates the work of art from its parasitical dependence on ritual.
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