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Quotes of the day: Bernard Berenson

Published Thursday, June 25, 2015 @ 8:38 PM EDT
Jun 25 2015

Bernard Berenson (June 26, 1865 – October 6, 1959) was an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance. He was a major figure in pioneering art attribution and therefore establishing the market for paintings by the "Old Masters". (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification with the oneself that there is no self left to die.

Between truth and the search for it, I choose the second.

Boast is always a cry of despair, except in the young it is a cry of hope.

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.

Genius is the capacity for productive reaction against one's training.

Governments last as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed.

I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.

International affairs will be placed on a better footing when it is understood that there is no way of punishing a people for the crimes of its rulers.

Life has taught me that it is not for our faults that we are disliked and even hated but for our qualities.

Miracles happen to those who believe in them.

Psychoanalysts are not occupied with the minds of their patients; they do not believe in the mind but in a cerebral intestine.

Taste begins when appetite is satisfied.

The average European does not seem to feel free until he succeeds in enslaving and oppressing others.

When everything else physical and mental seems to diminish, the appreciation of beauty is on the increase.

You can parody and make fun of almost anything, but that does not turn the universe into a caricature.


(June 26 is also the birthday of Pearl S. Buck.)

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