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Bernard Berenson
Bernard Berenson
(1865 - 1959)
American art critic and collector.
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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 | Art and the Artist Quotes
Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
- Bernard Berenson | Consistency Quotes
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 | Conversation Quotes
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 | Enemies Quotes
We define genius as the capacity for productive reaction against one's training.
- Bernard Berenson | Genius Quotes
Governments last as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed.
- Bernard Berenson | Government and Rule Quotes
A complete life may be one ending in so full an identification with the not-self that there is no self left to die.
- Bernard Berenson | Self and Self-Knowledge Quotes
Governments last as long as the under-taxed can defend themselves against the over-taxed.
- Bernard Berenson | Taxation Quotes
I wish I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.
- Bernard Berenson | One Day Quotes
Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
- Bernard Berenson | Creating Positive Change Quotes


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