"What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."John Berger on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."John Berger on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."John Berger on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."John Berger on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."John Berger on Oscar Wilde
"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."
"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."
"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."