John Berger

English art critic, novelist, painter and poet

Lived from: 1926-2017

Category: Artists | Media | Poets (Contemporary)

Quotes: John Berger

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    A peasant becomes fond of his pig and is glad to salt away its pork. What is significant, and is so difficult for the urban stranger to understand, is that the two statements are connected by an and not by a but.
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    Autobiography begins with a sense of being alone. It is an orphan form.
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    Compassion has no place in the natural order of the world which operates on the basis of necessity. Compassion opposes this order and is therefore best thought of as being in some way supernatural.
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    Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography. Rome is feminine. So is Odessa. London is a teenager, an urchin, and, in this, hasn't changed since the time of Dickens. Paris, I believe, is a man in his twenties in love with an older woman.
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    Glamour cannot exist without personal social envy being a common and widespread emotion.
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    Is boredom anything less than the sense of one's faculties slowly dying?
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    Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.
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    Modern thought has transferred the spectral character of Death to the notion of time itself. Time has become Death triumphant over all.
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    Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display. The nude is condemned to never being naked. Nudity is a form of dress.
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    Nothing in the nature around us is evil. This needs to be repeated since one of the human ways of talking oneself into inhuman acts is to cite the supposed cruelty of nature.
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    One can say of language that it is potentially the only human home, the only dwelling place that cannot be hostile to man.
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    Ours is the century of enforced travel of disappearances. The century of people helplessly seeing others, who were close to them, disappear over the horizon.
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    Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present.
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    Publicity is the life of this culture. Without publicity capitalism could not survive and at the same time publicity is its dream.
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    The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us. Yet no other god has been so cynical, for the camera records in order to forget.
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