41+ Bernard Berenson Quotes On Education, Art And Religion

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Top 10 Bernard Berenson Quotes (BEST)

  1. Miracles happen to those who believe in them.
  2. No artifact is a work of art if it does not help to humanize us. Without art...our world would have remained a jungle.
  3. Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
  4. You can parody and make fun of almost anything, but that does not turn the universe into a caricature.
  5. Psychoanalysts are not occupied with the minds of their patients; they do not believe in the mind but in a cerebral intestine.
  6. A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification with the oneself that there is no self left to die.
  7. I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.
  8. Boast is always a cry of despair, except in the young it is a cry of hope.
  9. Life has taught me that it is not for our faults that we are disliked and even hated, but for our qualities.
  10. 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.

Bernard Berenson Short Quotes

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  • Genius is the capacity for productive reaction against one's training.
  • Government lasts as long as the under-taxed can defend themselves against the over-taxed.
  • Between truth and the search for it, I choose the second.
  • [Describing his house:] It is a library with living rooms attached.
  • Literature in its most comprehensive sense is the autobiography of humanity.
  • I am only a picture-taster, the way others are wine-or tea-tasters.
  • One can repent even of having repented.
  • Taste begins when appetite is satisfied.

Bernard Berenson Quotes On Art

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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? — Bernard Berenson

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

Government is the art of the momentary feasible, of the least bad attainable, and not of the rationally most desirable. — Bernard Berenson

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. — Bernard Berenson

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

Bernard Berenson Quotes On Life

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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. — Bernard Berenson

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. — Bernard Berenson

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

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. — Bernard Berenson

Bernard Berenson Famous Quotes And Sayings

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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. — Bernard Berenson

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. — Bernard Berenson

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

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

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? — Bernard Berenson

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. — Bernard Berenson

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. — Bernard Berenson

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? — Bernard Berenson

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. — Bernard Berenson

I wish I could stand on a busy street corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours. — Bernard Berenson

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. — Bernard Berenson

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. — Bernard Berenson

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

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. — Bernard Berenson

Life Lessons by Bernard Berenson

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  1. Bernard Berenson taught the importance of having a strong work ethic and dedication to one's craft. He believed that success was the result of hard work, not luck or privilege.
  2. He also taught the value of knowledge and critical thinking, emphasizing the importance of taking the time to carefully consider and analyze the facts before making decisions.
  3. Finally, he stressed the importance of self-reflection and personal growth, believing that by understanding oneself and one's motivations, one can become a better person and achieve greater success.

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