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Almost every wise saying has an opposite one,
by George Santayana

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

Related topics: Wisdom

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

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

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

 

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

The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

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

The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream,
except by awaking out of 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

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

It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous,
that he entraps them by the force of the very passion
they have suppressed and think themselves superior to.
- 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

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

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

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

Bid, then, the tender light of faith to shine By which
alone the mortal heart is led Unto the thinking of the thought divine.
- George Santayana

Habit is stronger than reason.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Depression is rage spread thin.
- George Santayana

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

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

Friends are generally of the same sex,
for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions;
their reasons are always different.
- George Santayana

Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others.
- George Santayana

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

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
- George Santayana

The world is a perpetual caricature of itself;
at every moment it is the mockery and the contradiction
of what it is pretending to be.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

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

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

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

A soul is but the last bubble of a long fermentation in the world.
- George Santayana

By nature's kindly disposition most questions which
it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all.
- George Santayana

If pain could have cured us we should long ago have been saved.
- 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 highest form of vanity is love of fame.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

Wealth, religion, military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

Philosophers are very severe towards other philosophers
because they expect too much.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies.
- George Santayana

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

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

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


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