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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate;
they are green and vigorous in old age.
- George Santayana

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

It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.
- George Santayana

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

Emotion is primarily about nothing and much of it remains
about nothing to the end.
- George Santayana

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
- George Santayana

Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body.
- George Santayana

Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.
- 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

If pain could have cured us we should long ago have been saved.
- George Santayana

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

Nothing so much enhances a good as to make sacrifices for it.
- 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

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

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

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

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

The Bible is a wonderful source of inspiration for
those who don't understand it.
- George Santayana

Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation
without reason and imitation without benefit.
- George Santayana

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

To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do,
rather than what they say.
- George Santayana

The irrational in the human has something about it
altogether repulsive and terrible,
as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape.
- George Santayana

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

My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards
the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image,
to be servants of their human interests.
- George Santayana

The philosophy of the common man is an old wife that gives him no pleasure,
yet he cannot live without her, and resents any aspersions
that strangers may cast on her character.
- George Santayana

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

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
- George Santayana

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

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

Oaths are the fossils of piety.
- George Santayana

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

In Greece wise men speak and fools decide.
- George Santayana

Happiness is the only sanction of life;
where happiness fails,
existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
- 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

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

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

Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory;
children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
- George Santayana

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

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

America is a young country with an old mentality.
- George Santayana

Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends:
have virtuous people for friends,
have for friends the best of men.
- 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 highest form of vanity is love of fame.
- 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

The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence,
to recreate it in the eternal.
- 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

To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.
- George Santayana

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

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

Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.
- George Santayana


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