Bernard de Voto

1897 - 1955

A Quote by Bernard de Voto on generosity, kindness, life, men, men and women, vision, water, and women

The water of life was given to us to make us see for a while that we are more nearly men and women, more nearly kind and gentle and generous, pleasanter and stronger than without its vision there is any evidence we are.

Bernard de Voto (1897 - 1955)

Source: The Hour, 1951

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A Quote by Bernard de Voto on beginning

The West begins where the average annual rainfall drops below twenty inches. When you reach the line which marks that drop - for convenience, the one hundredth meridian - you have reached the West.

Bernard de Voto (1897 - 1955)

Source: The Plundered Province. In Harper's Magazine, August 1934

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A Quote by Bernard de Voto on art and fate

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Art is the terms of an armistice signed with fate.

Bernard de Voto (1897 - 1955)

Source: Mark Twain at Work, 1942

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A Quote by Bernard de Voto on dawn and knowledge

The dawn of knowledge is usually the false dawn.

Bernard de Voto (1897 - 1955)

Source: The Course of Empire, 1952

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A Quote by Bernard de Voto on chance and history

History abhors determinism but cannot tolerate chance.

Bernard de Voto (1897 - 1955)

Source: The Course of Empire, 1952

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A Quote by Bernard de Voto on achievement and people

The achieved West had given the United States something that no people had ever had before, an internal, domestic empire.

Bernard de Voto (1897 - 1955)

Source: The Year of Decision, 1943

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A Quote by Bernard de Voto on earth, glory, kiss, and life

You can no more keep a martini in the refrigerator than you can keep a kiss there. The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth and one of the shortest-lived.

Bernard de Voto (1897 - 1955)

Source: The Hour, 1951

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A Quote by Bernard de Voto on achievement, america, civilization, destiny, life, and stability

New England is a finished place. Its destiny is that of Florence or Venice, not Milan while the American empire careens onward toward its unpredicted end. . . . It is the first American section to be finished to achieve stability in the conditions of its life. It is the first old civilization, the first permanent civilization in America.

Bernard de Voto (1897 - 1955)

Source: New England: There She Stands. In Harper's Magazine, March 1932

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A Quote by Bernard de Voto on men, pessimism, weakness, and wisdom

Pessimism is only the name that men of weak nerves give to wisdom.

Bernard de Voto (1897 - 1955)

Source: Mark Twain: The Ink of History. Address at the University of Missouri, December 1935

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A Quote by Bernard de Voto on criticism, kindness, skill, tennis, and wisdom

Between the amateur and the professional . . . there is a difference not only in degree but in kind. The skillful man is, within the function of his skill, a different integration, a different nervous and muscular and psychological organization. . . . A tennis player or a watchmaker or an airplane pilot is an automatism but he is also criticism and wisdom.

Bernard de Voto (1897 - 1955)

Source: Across the Wide Missouri, 1947

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