“Suddenly, and with compelling force, I was struck by the idea of drawing a diagram of my life, and knew at the same moment exactly how it was to be done. With a very simple question I interrogated my past life, and the answers were inscribed, as if of their own accord, on a sheet of paper that I had with me. A year or two later, when I lost this sheet, I was inconsolable. I have never since been able to restore it as it arose before me then, resembling a series of family trees. Now, however, reconstructing its outline in thought without directly reproducing it, I would instead speak of a labyrinth.”
Walter Benjamin, Selected Writings, vol. 2, 1927-1934, Harvard UP, 1999 (on p. 614). Also quoted in Allan Pred, “Hägerstrand matters: life(-path) and death matters—some touching remarks”, Progress in Human Geography, 29 (3): pp. 328-332, 2005; on p. 330.