Quotes by Bernard Berenson

Bernard Berenson

American art historian

Alive from: 1865-1959

Category: History and sociology

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    A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification with the not-self that there is no self left to die.
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    Art is mind and heart and touch as much and more than it is mere instrument, technique - without which however it cannot exist at all.
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    Between truth and the search for it, I choose the second.
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    Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
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    From childhood on I have had the dream of life lived as a sacrament... the dream implied taking life ritually as something holy.
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    German is of stone, limestone, pudding stone, marble, granite even, and so to a considerable degree is English, whereas French is bronze and gives out a metallic resonance with tones that neither German nor English tolerate.
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    Government is the art of the momentary feasible, of the least bad attainable, and not of the rationally most desirable.
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    Government lasts as long as the under-taxed can defend themselves against the over-taxed.
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    Governments last only as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed.
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    I wish I could stand on a busy street corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.
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    Life has taught me that it is not for our faults that we are disliked and even hated, but for our qualities.
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    Miracles happen to those who believe in them. Otherwise why does not the Virgin Mary appear to Lamaists, Mohammedans, or Hindus who have never heard of her?
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    Psychoanalysts are not occupied with the minds of their patients; they do not believe in the mind but in a cerebral intestine.
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    The average European does not seem to feel free until he succeeds in enslaving and oppressing others.
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    When everything else physical and mental seems to diminish, the appreciation of beauty is on the increase.
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