Quotation by Walter Benjamin

Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method.... Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.
Walter Benjamin (1892–1940), German critic, philosopher. Unpacking my Library (1931), repr. In Illuminations, ed. Hannah Arendt (1968).
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