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History is a pack of lies about events that never happened
by George Santayana

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

Related topics: History

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

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

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

Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

America is a young country with an old mentality.
- 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

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

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

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

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


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