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What makes photography a strange invention is that
by John Berger

What makes photography a strange invention is that
its primary raw materials are light and time.
- John Berger

Related topics: Art

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.
- John Berger

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.
- John Berger

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.
- John Berger

 

Modern thought has transferred the spectral character
of Death to the notion of time itself.
Time has become Death triumphant over all.
- John Berger

Nakedness reveals itself.
Nudity is placed on display.
The nude is condemned to never being naked.
Nudity is a form of dress.
- John Berger

Emigration, forced or chosen, across national frontiers
or from village to metropolis,
is the quintessential experience of our time.
- John Berger

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Never chain your dogs together with sausages.
One must accustom one's self to be bored.
- John Berger

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

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.
- John Berger

Autobiography begins with a sense of being alone.
It is an orphan form.
- John Berger

The past grows gradually around one,
like a placenta for dying.
- John Berger

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.
- John Berger

Glamour cannot exist without personal social envy being
a common and widespread emotion.
- John Berger

Publicity is the life of this culture -
in so far as without publicity capitalism could not survive -
and at the same time publicity is its dream.
- John Berger

You can plan events, but if they go according to your
plan they are not events.
- John Berger

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.
- John Berger

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.
- John Berger

Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering,
an imitation or an interpretation of its subject,
but actually a trace of it.
No painting or drawing, however naturalist,
belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.
- John Berger

The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other.
It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity,
but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich.
- John Berger

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.
- John Berger

When we read a story, we inhabit it.
The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls.
What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story.
And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own.
- John Berger

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

There are no small acts of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

One man with courage makes a majority.
- old saying probably repeated by Andrew Jackson
(falsely attributed to Jefferson)

Do not quit!
Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the
towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes
along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.
- E. Joseph Cossman

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
- Winston Churchill

It's the Consciousness with which we participate
in activities that makes the difference.
- Michael Beckwith

A dream is a wish your heart makes.
- The Supremes

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.
- Ludwig Boerne

Let's have faith that right makes might;
and in that faith let us, to the end,
dare to do our duty as we understand it.
- Abraham Lincoln

Don't ask yourself what the world needs;
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
- Howard Thurman

From what we get, we can make a living:
what we give, however makes a life.
- Arthur Ashe

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
- Abraham Lincoln

Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.
- German Proverb

Being defeated is often a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent.
- Marilyn vos Savant

Practice makes perfect.
- Anonymous

Constant kindness can accomplish much.
As the sun makes ice melt,
kindness causes misunderstanding,
mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
- Albert Schweitzer

Who never walks save where he sees
men's tracks, makes no discoveries.
- J. G. Holland

A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
- John Muir

Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.
- Benjamin Spock

Love is like a beautiful flower
which I may not touch,
but whose fragrance makes the garden
a place of delight just the same.
- Helen Keller

An optimist is one who makes the best
of what he gets the worst of.
- Anonymous

The promises we makes to ourselves are the things
that assure us we have the capacity to keep our promises to others.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Appreciation is a wonderful thing.
It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
- Voltaire

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

Early to bed and early to rise,
makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin

What doesn't kill me, makes me stronger.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

One's philosophy is not best expressed in words;
it is expressed in the choices one makes...
and the choices we make
are ultimately our responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit
which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
- Henry David Thoreau

I will act as if what I do makes a difference.
- William James

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

Practice does not make perfect,
perfect practice makes perfect.
- Vince Lombardi

Know that the act of smiling makes both you and others happier.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children
that makes the heart too big for the body.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
- Benjamin Franklin

The thing always happens that you really believe in;
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Melody Beattie

Life is short,
Break the Rules.
Forgive quickly,
Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly.
Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret
ANYTHING
That makes you smile
- Mark Twain

Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends.
- Jacques Delille

Fear makes strangers of people
who would otherwise be friends.
- Shirley MacLaine

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.
- Charlotte Bronte

Life is a series of experiences,
each one of which makes us bigger,
even though sometimes it is hard to realize this.
- Henry Ford

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

We are born princes, and the civilizing process makes us frogs.
- Publilius Syrus

The most important promises are
the ones we make to ourselves.
The promises we makes to ourselves
are the things that assure us
we have the capacity
to keep our promises to others.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
- Proverb

We have a choice of how we view the obstacles on our life path.
One choice makes us slaves to circumstance,
while the other empowers us, and motivates us
to follow our dreams - and our happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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