George Santayana Quotes

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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.
George Santayana (Platonism and the Spiritual Life, 1927)
The earth has music for those who listen.
George Santayana
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana (Life of Reason, 1905)
A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
George Santayana (Quoted in the Wisdom of George Santayana, 1964)
Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out, and minutely articulated.
George Santayana (Life of Reason, 1905)
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
George Santayana (Soliloquies in England, 1922)
Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
George Santayana (Life of Reason, 1905)
Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.
George Santayana
The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.
George Santayana (The Last Puritan, 1935)
The Bible is literature, not dogma.
George Santayana (The Ethics of Spinoza)
The truth is cruel, but it can be loved and it makes free those who have loved it.
George Santayana (Little Essays - Ideal Immortality, 1920)
Art like life should be free, since both are experimental.
George Santayana (Life of Reason, 1905)
Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him.
George Santayana (Dialogues in Limbo, 1925)
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
George Santayana (Dialogues in Limbo, 1925)
The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.
George Santayana (Life of Reason, 1905)
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
George Santayana (Life of Reason, 1905)
Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.
George Santayana (Interpretations of Poetry and Religion, 1900)
It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true.
George Santayana (The Unknowable, 1923)
The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
George Santayana (Quoted in the Wisdom of George Santayana, 1964)
Prayer, among sane people, has never superseded practical efforts to secure the desired end.
George Santayana (Imaginative Nature of Religion)
To call war the soil of courage and virtue is like calling debauchery the soil of love.
George Santayana (Life of Reason, 1905)
Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.
George Santayana (Three Philosophical Poets, 1910)
Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.
George Santayana
Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.
George Santayana (Life of Reason, 1905)
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
George Santayana (Life of Reason, 1905)
The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
George Santayana (Life of Reason, 1905)
It is wisdom to believe the heart.
George Santayana (World, Thou Choosest Not)
The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.
George Santayana (Dialogues in Limbo, 1925)
Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience.
George Santayana (Quoted in The Essential Santayana - General Confession)
Music is a means of giving form to our inner feelings, without attaching them to events or objects in the world.
George Santayana (Egotism in German Philosophy, 1916)
Habit is stronger than reason.
George Santayana (Interpretations of Poetry and Religion, 1900)
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George Santayana Biography

Born: December 16, 1863
Died: September 26, 1952

George Santayana was an Spanish-born American philosopher, poet and writer. He is perhaps best known for his many aphorisms and his philosophy.

Notable Works

The Sense of Beauty (1896)
Life of Reason (1905)
Scepticism and Animal Faith
The Last Puritan (1935)
The Realms of Being (1942)

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