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George Santayana Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by George Santayana.

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

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The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- 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

 

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

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
- 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 me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Greece wise men speak and fools decide.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oaths are the fossils of piety.
- George Santayana

Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.
- 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

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

Depression is rage spread thin.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

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

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

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

Habit is stronger than reason.
- George Santayana

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

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

Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies.
- George Santayana

A man's feet should be planted in his country,
but his eyes should survey the world.
- 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

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

Each religion, by the help of more or less myth,
which it takes more or less seriously,
proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and
enabling it to make its peace with its destiny.
- George Santayana

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

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

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

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

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


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