George Santayana

George Santayana (December 16, 1863, Madrid - September 26, 1952, Rome), was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist

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... everything in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence, tragic in its fate, and comic in its existence.Rate it:
A child only educated at school is an uneducated child.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.Rate it:
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.Rate it:
A man's memory may almost become the art of continually varying and misrepresenting his past, according to his interest in the present.Rate it:
A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.Rate it:
Advertising is the modern substitute for argument its function is to make the worse appear the better.Rate it:
Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.Rate it:
All living souls welcome whatsoever they are ready to cope with all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible.Rate it:
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.Rate it:
America is a young country with an old mentality.Rate it:
America is the greatest of opportunities and the worst of influences.Rate it:
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.Rate it:
An ideal cannot wait for its realization to prove its validity.Rate it:
Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said.Rate it:
Before he sets out, the traveler must possess fixed interests and facilities to be served by travel.Rate it:
Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him.Rate it:
By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all.Rate it:
Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.Rate it:
Culture is on the horns of this dilemma if profound and noble it must remain rare, if common it must become mean.Rate it:
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 enabline it to make its peace with its destiny.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.Rate it:
For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old-fashioned.Rate it:
Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions their reasons are always different.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with a part of another people are friends in spots.Rate it:
Friendship is constant in all other things Save in the office and affairs of love.Rate it:
Half our standards come from our first masters, and the other half from our first loves.Rate it:
Happiness is the only sanction of life where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.Rate it:
I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads.Rate it:
In endowing us with memory, nature has revealed to us a truth utterly unimaginable to the unreflective creation, the truth of immortality....The most ideal human passion is love, which is also the most absolute and animal and one of the most ephemeral.Rate it:
Intolerance itself is a form of egoism, and to condemn egoism intolerantly is to share it.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
It takes a wonderful brain and exquisite senses to produce a few stupid ideas.Rate it:
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.Rate it:
Life is not a spectacle or a feast it is a predicament.Rate it:
Love is only half the illusion the lover, but not his love, is deceived.Rate it:
Matters of religion should never be matters of controversy. We neither argue with a lover about his taste, nor condemn him, if we are just, for knowing so human a passion.Rate it:
Matters of religion should never be matters of controversy. We neither argue with a lover about his taste, not condemn him, if we are just, for knowing so human a passion.Rate it:
Music is essentially useless, as life is but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.Rate it:
Music is essentially useless, as life is.Rate it:
Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.Rate it:
Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body.Rate it:
Nothing is really so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.Rate it:
One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.Rate it:
Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.Rate it:
Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.Rate it:
Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.Rate it:
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Thse who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Sanity is a madness put to good use.Rate it:
Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.Rate it:
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness.Rate it:
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness.Rate it:
Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.Rate it:
Society is like the air; necessary to breathe, but insufficient to live on.Rate it:
That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions, and, were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions.Rate it:
The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.Rate it:
The brute necessity of believing something so long as life lasts does not justify any belief in particular.Rate it:
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
The loneliest woman in the world is a woman without a close woman friend.Rate it:
The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise.Rate it:
The more rational an institution is the less it suffers by making concessions to others.Rate it:
The need of exercise is a modern superstition, invented by people who ate too much and had nothing to think about.Rate it:
The Soul is the voice of the body's interests.Rate it:
The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.Rate it:
The wisest mind has something yet to learn.Rate it:
The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light amid the thorns.Rate it:
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.Rate it:
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the intervalRate it:
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.Rate it:
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colors of life in all their purity.Rate it:
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.Rate it:
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.Rate it:
Those who speak most of progress measure it by quantity and not by quality.Rate it:
To attempt to be religious without practicing a specific religion is as possible as attempting to speak without a specific language.Rate it:
To be an American is of itself almost a moral condition, an education, and a career.Rate it:
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.Rate it:
To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.Rate it:
When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.Rate it:
Whoever it was who searched the heavens with a telescope and found no God would not have found the human mind if he had searched the brain with a microscope.Rate it:
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.Rate it:

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