This statement of arrow-straight simplicity could serve as an occasional sanity check. If it rings true, we’re on track. If it causes a flinch or a wince, we probably aren’t living as we could or would wish to. Flipped to the past tense, it would be a perfect epitaph to a life well lived.

I liked it so much, I set it to different images, as there are many kinds of lives which lead people to say, ‘I want no other’.

See also my review of Rebanks’ splendid book.

‘This is my life. I want no other.’

Source: James Rebanks, The Shepherd’s Life (London: Allen Lane, 2015), p. 287


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