This brilliant insight comes from the British playwright, author, actor as he recounts the mostly true tale of Mary Shepherd, who lived in a van on his driveway in North London for 15 years.
The book, stage play and 2015 film, starring Dame Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings, documents the friendship of the author with Shepherd, a woman he met as she sold pencils on a street corner.
This cantankerous 60 year old vagrant, former music prodigy, nun, victim of institutionalization and blackmail was an inspiration to Bennett until her death in 1989.
The quote stopped me in my tracks, forced me to rewind.
It spoke to the truth of self discovery, all from the exercise of writing.