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I believe in general in a dualism between facts and
by George Santayana

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For a man who has done his natural duty,
death is as natural as sleep.
- George Santayana

The highest form of vanity is love of fame.
- George Santayana

Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.
- 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

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

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

Depression is rage spread thin.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

Sanity is a madness put to good use.
- 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

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

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

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

Music is essentially useless, as is life.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement.
Mankind has to be stirred up.
- George Santayana

Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

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


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