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George Santayana Quotes

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Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

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One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
- George Santayana

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

I believe in general in a dualism between facts and
the ideas of those facts in human heads.
- George Santayana


 

The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
- George Santayana

The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
- George Santayana


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To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier
state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
- George Santayana

The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream,
except by awaking out of it.
- George Santayana

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
- George Santayana

Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
- George Santayana

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one,
no less wise, to balance it.
- George Santayana

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
- George Santayana

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss;
volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
- George Santayana

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
- George Santayana

Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better.
- George Santayana

Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions,
but empiricism has sworn never to draw them.
- George Santayana

Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.
- George Santayana

Graphic design is the paradise of individuality,
eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.
- George Santayana

That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true
as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.
- George Santayana

We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past;
and we must respect the past,
remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.
- George Santayana

The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.
- George Santayana

Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts.
- George Santayana

A conception not reducible to the small change of daily
experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption;
it is not a symbol,
but a fraud.
- George Santayana

To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle,
is a deep delight of the blood.
- George Santayana

Friendship is almost always the union of a part of
one mind with the part of another;
people are friends in spots.
- George Santayana

The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
- George Santayana

Advertising is the modern substitute for argument;
its function is to make the worse appear the better.
- George Santayana

Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity,
the courage to live by grace.
- George Santayana

The diseases which destroy a man are no less natural
than the instincts which preserve him.
- George Santayana

Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.
- George Santayana

Many possessions, if they do not make a man better,
are at least expected to make his children happier;
and this pathetic hope is behind many exertions.
- George Santayana

The truth is cruel, but it can be loved,
and it makes free those who have loved it.
- George Santayana

The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is,
in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity.
- George Santayana

Depression is rage spread thin.
- George Santayana

The young man who has not wept is a savage,
and the older man who will not laugh is a fool.
- George Santayana

Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend,
you should endeavor to understand him.
- George Santayana

Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when
you have forgotten your aim.
- George Santayana

Oaths are the fossils of piety.
- George Santayana

It is always pleasant to be urged to do something on
the ground that one can do it well.
- George Santayana

The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind,
but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients.
- George Santayana

The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity,
but sophistication.
- George Santayana

Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.
- George Santayana

All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.
- George Santayana

Language is like money, without which specific relative
values may well exist and be felt,
but cannot be reduced to a common denominator.
- George Santayana

The body is an instrument, the mind its function,
the witness and reward of its operation.
- George Santayana

There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism.
It would be an offense against polite conventions to
press our doubts too far.
- George Santayana

The Difficult is that which can be done immediately;
the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
- George Santayana

The word experience is like a shrapnel shell,
and bursts into a thousand meanings.
- George Santayana

Prayer, among sane people, has never superseded practical
efforts to secure the desired end.
- George Santayana

The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.
- George Santayana

To reform means to shatter one form and to create another;
but the two sides of this act are not always equally
intended nor equally successful.
- George Santayana

All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with;
all else they ignore,
or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong,
or deny to be possible.
- George Santayana

Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.
- George Santayana

Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.
- George Santayana

Knowledge is not eating, and we cannot expect to devour
and possess what we mean.
Knowledge is recognition of something absent;
it is a salutation,
not an embrace.
- George Santayana

Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own infinitude,
and his infinitude is, in one sense,
overcome.
- George Santayana

Sanity is a madness put to good use.
- George Santayana

Friends need not agree in everything or go always together,
or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy.
- George Santayana

For gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in
the furnace of adversity.
- George Santayana

Music is essentially useless, as is life.
- George Santayana

Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
- George Santayana

The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art.
- George Santayana

It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums,
new theaters, etc.
that make America impotent.
The good things are football, kindness,
and jazz bands.
- George Santayana

The Soul is the voice of the body's interests.
- George Santayana

To delight in war is a merit in the soldier,
a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
- George Santayana

Intolerance is a form of egotism, and to condemn egotism
intolerantly is to share it.
- George Santayana

The existence of any evil anywhere at any time absolutely ruins a total optimism.
- George Santayana

The more rational an institution is the less it suffers
by making concessions to others.
- George Santayana

Tyrants are seldom free; the cares and the instruments
of their tyranny enslave them.
- George Santayana


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