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George Santayana

George Santayana (16 December 1863 in Madrid, Spain 26 September 1952 in Rome, Italy), was a philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist.
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Nothing so much enhances a good as to make sacrifices for it.

George Santayana

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

George Santayana

Why shouldn't things be largely absurd, futile, and transitory? They are so, and we are so, and they and we go very well together.

George Santayana

Intolerance itself is a form of egoism, and to condemn egoism intolerantly is to share 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

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

George Santayana

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. In the first stage of life the mind is frivolous and easily distracted, it misses progress by failing in consecutiveness and persistence. This is the condition of children and barbarians, in which instinct has learned nothing from experience.

George Santayana

Sanity is a madness put to good use.

George Santayana

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

George Santayana

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

George Santayana

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

George Santayana

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

George Santayana

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.

George Santayana

That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions, and, were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions.

George Santayana

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

George Santayana

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.

George Santayana

The need of exercise is a modern superstition, invented by people who ate too much and had nothing to think about.

George Santayana

Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.

George Santayana

Before he sets out, the traveler must possess fixed interests and facilities to be served by travel.

George Santayana

For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old-fashioned.

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

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

George Santayana

The family is one of nature's masterpieces.

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

Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy. On the contrary, in friendship union is more about ideal things: and in that sense it is more ideal and less subject to trouble than marriage is.

George Santayana
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