Bernard Berenson Quotes

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.

All we really want is otherness, tossing from side to side, and greeting evey toss with shouts of welcome, and of contempt for the previous toss.

Against human nature one cannot legislate. One can only try to educate it, and it is a slow process with only a distant hope of success.

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

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

All of the arts, poetry, music, ritual, the visible arts, the theater, must singly and together create the most comprehensive art of all, a humanized society, and its masterpiece, free man.