Bernard Berenson

Bernard Berenson
Bernard Berenson
  • Born: June 26, 1865
  • Died: October 7, 1959
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Profession: Art Historian









Bernard Berenson was an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance. His book Drawings of the Florentine Painters was an international success. His wife Mary is thought to have had a large hand in some of the writings.

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Against human nature one cannot legislate. Legislating & Legislative Process
Government is the art of the momentarily feasible, of the least bad attainable, and not of the rationally most desirable. Management & Managing Government
Governments last as long as the undertaxed can defend them against the overtaxed. Taxes
A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification with the oneself that there is no self left to die. Life
Between truth and the search for it, I choose the second. Truth
Boast is always a cry of despair, except in the young it is a cry of hope. Hope
Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
From childhood on I have had the dream of life lived as a sacrament... the dream implied taking life ritually as something holy. Life
Genius is the capacity for productive reaction against one's training.
I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.
Life has taught me that it is not for our faults that we are disliked and even hated, but for our qualities. Life
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.
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.