George Santayana Quotes

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

1.
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

2.
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.
- George Santayana

3.
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
- George Santayana

4.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
- George Santayana

5.
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

6.
By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all.
- George Santayana

7.
Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.
- George Santayana

8.
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

9.
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

10.
Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them.
- George Santayana

11.
For a man who has done his natural duty, death is as natural as sleep.
- George Santayana

12.
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

13.
Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another people are friends in spots.
- George Santayana

14.
Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.
- George Santayana

15.
Happiness is the only sanction of life where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
- George Santayana

16.
History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana

17.
I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads.
- George Santayana

18.
Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.
- George Santayana

19.
It is possible to be a master in false philosophy, easier, in fact, than to be a master in the truth, because a false philosophy can be made as simple and consistent as one pleases.
- George Santayana

20.
It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.
- George Santayana

21.
It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
- George Santayana

22.
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

23.
Knowledge is recognition of something absent it is a salutation, not an embrace.
- George Santayana

24.
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
- George Santayana

25.
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

26.
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

27.
Music is a means of giving form to our inner feelings, without attaching them to events or objects in the world.
- George Santayana

28.
Music is essentially useless, as is life.
- George Santayana

29.
Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others.
- George Santayana

30.
One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
- George Santayana

31.
Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
- George Santayana

32.
Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
- George Santayana

33.
Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.
- George Santayana

34.
Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.
- George Santayana

35.
That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.
- George Santayana

36.
The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity.
- George Santayana

37.
The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.
- George Santayana

38.
The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.
- George Santayana

39.
The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
- George Santayana

40.
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
- George Santayana

41.
The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.
- George Santayana

42.
The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art.
- George Santayana

43.
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

44.
The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate they are green and vigorous in old age.
- George Santayana

45.
The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.
- George Santayana

46.
The word experience is like a shrapnel shell, and bursts into a thousand meanings.
- George Santayana

47.
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
- George Santayana

48.
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

49.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
- George Santayana

50.
To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
- George Santayana

51.
To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
- George Santayana

52.
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

53.
Wealth, religion, military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth.
- George Santayana

54.
When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions their reasons are always different.
- George Santayana

55.
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
- George Santayana

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