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Bernard Berenson
June 26, 1865 - October 6, 1959
Nationality: American
Category: Historian
Subcategory: American Historian

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


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


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


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


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


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


Miracles happen to those who believe in them.


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


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


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


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


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


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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