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The Bible is literature, not dogma. ...
by George Santayana

The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana

Related topics: Religion

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prayer, among sane people, has never superseded practical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

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

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

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

Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies.
- 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

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

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

Oaths are the fossils of piety.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

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

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

Music is a means of giving form to our inner feelings,
without attaching them to events or objects in the world.
- George Santayana

When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions;
their reasons are always different.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

Habit is stronger than reason.
- George Santayana

To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do,
rather than what they say.
- 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 man's feet should be planted in his country,
but his eyes should survey the world.
- 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

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
- George Santayana

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

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

The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
- 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

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
- 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

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

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

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

In Greece wise men speak and fools decide.
- 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

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

The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal
beauty than any logician or theologian,
unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise.
- George Santayana

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

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

Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.
- George Santayana

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


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