Bernard Berenson was an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance. He was a major figure in establishing the market for paintings by the "Old Masters".
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“You can parody and make fun of almost anything, but that does not turn the universe into a caricature”
“Governments last only as long as the undertaxed can defend themselves against the overtaxed”
“From childhood on I have had the dream of life lived as a sacrament. . . . The dream implied taking life ritually as something holy.”
“Genius is the capacity for productive reaction against one's training.”
“I would willingly stand at street corners, hat in hand, begging passers-by to drop their unused minutes into it.”
“Psychoanalysts are not occupied with the minds of their patients; they do not believe in the mind but in a cerebral intestine.”
“When everything else physical and mental seems to diminish, the appreciation of beauty is on the increase.”
“I am only a picture-taster, the way others are wine-or tea-tasters.”
“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.”
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