"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."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."John Berger on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."John Berger on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."John Berger on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."John Berger on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."John Berger on Dalai Lama
"That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe."
"Autobiography begins with a sense of being alone. It is an orphan form."
"What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time."
"The human imagination... has great difficulty in living strictly within the confines of a materialist practice or philosophy. It dreams, like a dog in its basket, of hares in the open."
"Emigration, forced or chosen, across national frontiers or from village to metropolis, is the quintessential experience of our time."