Quotation by Walter Benjamin

All religions have honored the beggar. For he proves that in a matter at the same time as prosaic and holy, banal and regenerative as the giving of alms, intellect and morality, consistency and principles are miserably inadequate.
Walter Benjamin (1892–1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In One-Way Street and Other Writings (1978). "No Vagrants!" One-Way Street (1928).
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