John Berger

(1926 / London Borough of Hackney)

John Berger Quotes

  • ''Nothing fortuitous happens in a child's world. There are no accidents. Everything is connected with everything else and everything can be explained by everything else.... For a young child everything that happens is a necessity.''
    John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. A Fortunate Man, p. 122 (1967, repr. 1976).
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  • ''When we suffer anguish we return to early childhood because that is the period in which we first learnt to suffer the experience of total loss. It was more than that. It was the period in which we suffered more total losses than in all the rest of our life put together.''
    John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. (repr. 1976). A Fortunate Man, p. 122 (1967).
  • ''Is boredom anything less than the sense of one's faculties slowly dying?''
    John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. repr. (1976). A Fortunate Man, p. 133 (1967.
  • ''To live and die amongst foreigners may seem less absurd than to live persecuted or tortured by one's fellow countrymen.... But to emigrate is always to dismantle the centre of the world, and so to move into a lost, disoriented one of fragments.''
    John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief As Photos, pt. 2 (1984).
  • ''Emigration, forced or chosen, across national frontiers or from village to metropolis, is the quintessential experience of our time.''
    John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief As Photos, pt. 2 (1984).
  • ''One can say of language that it is potentially the only human home, the only dwelling place that cannot be hostile to man.''
    John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos, pt. 2 (1984).
  • ''The opposite of love is not to hate but to separate. If love and hate have something in common it is because, in both cases, their energy is that of bringing and holding together—the lover with the loved, the one who hates with the hated. Both passions are tested by separation.''
    John Berger (b. 1926), British art critic, painter, novelist. And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos, ch. 2, Pantheon (1984).
  • ''When he painted a road, the roadmakers were there in his imagination. When he painted the turned earth of a ploughed field, the gesture of the blade turning the earth was included in his own act. Wherever he looked he saw the labour of existence; and this labour, recognized as such, was what constituted reality for him.''
    John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief As Photos, pt. 2 (1984).
  • ''The past grows gradually around one, like a placenta for dying.''
    John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief As Photos, pt. 2 (1984).
  • ''Compare ... the cinema with theatre. Both are dramatic arts. Theatre brings actors before a public and every night during the season they re-enact the same drama. Deep in the nature of theatre is a sense of ritual. The cinema, by contrast, transports its audience individually, singly, out of the theatre towards the unknown.''
    John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. repr. In Keeping a Rendezvous (1992). "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," Expressen (Stockholm, November 3, 1990).

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