Miracles happen to those who believe in them.

— Bernard Berenson

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No artifact is a work of art if it does not help to humanize us.

Without art...our world would have remained a jungle.

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

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

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

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

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It was a morning in early summer. A silver haze shimmered and trembled over the lime trees. The air was laden with their fragrance. The temperature was like a caress. I remember - I need not recall - that I climbed up a tree stump and felt suddenly immersed in Itness. I did not call it by that name. I had no need for words. It and I were one.

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

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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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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.

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I wonder whether art has a higher function than to make me feel, appreciate, and enjoy natural objects for their art value?

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Art, in the widest sense of the word, is the instrument Hellenism has used and would use for that purpose. All the arts, poetry, music, ritual, the visual arts, the theatre, must work singly and together to create the most comprehensive art of all, a humanized society, and its masterpiece, the free man.

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About Bernard Berenson

Quotes 41 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Historian
Birthday October 16

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

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The ultimate justification of the work of art is to help the spectator to become a work of art himself.

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Government lasts as long as the under-taxed can defend themselves against the over-taxed.

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

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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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We usually meet all of our relatives only at funerals where somebody always observes: "Too bad we can't get together more often".

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In figure painting, the type of all painting, I have endeavoured to set forth that the principal if not sole source of life enchantments are Tactile Values, Movement and Space Composition.

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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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I would willingly stand at street corners, hat in hand, begging passerby to drop their unused minutes into it.

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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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Pessimism like calumny is easy to do, and attracts immediate attention.

The gossiper and the writer may find this out soon enough, and a little encouragement from the current mood will procure them successes that bring endless imitators in their trail. On the other hand saying good things about life in general and individuals in particular and making it interesting is a serious task which few can achieve with credit.

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Literature in its most comprehensive sense is the autobiography of humanity.

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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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One can repent even of having repented.

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Taste begins when appetite is satisfied.

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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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[Describing his house:] It is a library with living rooms attached.

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Enemies could become the best companions.

Companionship is based on a common interest, and the greater the interest the closer the companionship. What makes enemies of people, if not the eagerness, the passion for the same thing?

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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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I walk in the garden, I look at the flowers and shrubs and trees and discover in them an exquisiteness of contour, a vitality of edge, or a vigour of spring, as well as an infinite variety of colour that no artefact I have seen in the last sixty years can rival...each day, as I look, I wonder where my eyes were yesterday.

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The artist, depicting man disdainful of the storm and stress of life, is no less reconciling and healing than the poet who, while endowing Nature and Humanity, rejoices in its measureless superiority to human passions and human sorrows.

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I am only a picture-taster, the way others are wine-or tea-tasters.

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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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I never felt that there was anything enviable in youth.

I cannot recall that any of us, as youths, admired our condition to excess or had a desire to prolong it.

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As I got warmed up, and felt perfectly at home in talk, I heard myself boasting, lying, exaggerating. Oh, not deliberately, far from it. It would be unconvivial and dull to stop and arrest the flow of talk, and speak only after carefully considering whether I was telling the truth.

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There are two futures, the future of desire and the future of fate, and man's reason has never learnt to separate them.

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It makes me happy to encounter goodness, love of work, humane intelligence, and people no matter at what kind of job, be it ever so humble, or ever so exalted, who do it well and con amore.

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Not what man knows but what man feels, concerns art. All else is science.

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