The Experiences That Live in Us

atkins bookshelf quotationsAll of us… have been formed by experiences that still inhabit in us. Memory is not only a trip but a structure. Recollections are not only stories retold but also aspects of present feeling. Our hopes at any given moment are fashioned by our previous disappointment. Our need to share pain is as strong as our quest for pleasure. Every pain that is not purely physical is also retrospective. Our need to make sense of our lives has continually to take account of all this.

John Berger, British novelist, poet, and art critic. Berger’s novel, G., won the Booker Prize in 1972.

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