Quotes by George Santayana

Habit is stronger than reason.
- George Santayana
Depression is rage spread thin.
- George Santayana
Oaths are the fossils of piety.
- George Santayana
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Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
- George Santayana
Sanity is madness put to good use.
- George Santayana
The Bible is literature, not dogma.
- George Santayana
Music is essentially useless, as is life.
- George Santayana
Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies.
- George Santayana
In Greece wise men speak and fools decide.
- George Santayana
Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
- George Santayana
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The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
- George Santayana
The highest form of vanity is love of fame.
- George Santayana
All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.
- George Santayana
Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts.
- George Santayana
The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
- George Santayana
America is a young country with an old mentality.
- George Santayana
The Soul is the voice of the body's interests.
- George Santayana
To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.
- George Santayana
A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
- George Santayana
Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.
- George Santayana
Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.
- George Santayana
Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better.
- George Santayana
Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others.
- George Santayana
Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.
- George Santayana
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
- George Santayana
Nothing so much enhances a good as to make sacrifices for it.
- George Santayana
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
- George Santayana
If pain could have cured us we should long ago have been saved.
- George Santayana
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
- George Santayana
Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body.
- George Santayana
The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.
- George Santayana
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
A soul is but the last bubble of a long fermentation in the world.
- George Santayana
Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
- George Santayana
It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.
- George Santayana
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
- George Santayana
For a man who has done his natural duty, death is as natural as sleep.
- George Santayana
The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art.
- George Santayana
Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.
- George Santayana
The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.
- George Santayana
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
- George Santayana
Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.
- George Santayana
To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
- 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
Wealth, religion, military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth.
- George Santayana
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
- George Santayana
One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
- George Santayana
Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.
- George Santayana
The existence of any evil anywhere at any time absolutely ruins a total optimism.
- 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
Emotion is primarily about nothing and much of it remains about nothing to the end.
- George Santayana
It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
- George Santayana
The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.
- George Santayana
Philosophers are very severe towards other philosophers because they expect too much.
- George Santayana
Tyrants are seldom free; the cares and the instruments of their tyranny enslave them.
- George Santayana
Intolerance is a form of egotism, and to condemn egotism intolerantly is to share it.
- George Santayana
The Bible is a wonderful source of inspiration for those who don't understand it.
- George Santayana
Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him.
- George Santayana
Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.
- George Santayana
The more rational an institution is the less it suffers by making concessions to others.
- George Santayana
To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.
- George Santayana
It is always pleasant to be urged to do something on the ground that one can do it well.
- George Santayana
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
- George Santayana
The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.
- George Santayana
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool.
- George Santayana
The diseases which destroy a man are no less natural than the instincts which preserve him.
- George Santayana
I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads.
- George Santayana
Prayer, among sane people, has never superseded practical efforts to secure the desired end.
- George Santayana
The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.
- George Santayana
When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different.
- George Santayana
History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.
- George Santayana
Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.
- George Santayana
Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them.
- George Santayana
The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
- George Santayana
The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age.
- George Santayana
Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.
- 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
Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.
- George Santayana
That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.
- George Santayana
Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
- George Santayana
The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind, but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients.
- 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
Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own infinitude, and his infinitude is, in one sense, overcome.
- George Santayana
Music is a means of giving form to our inner feelings, without attaching them to events or objects in the world.
- George Santayana
Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
- 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
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
Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy.
- George Santayana
Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
- 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
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
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
The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity.
- 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
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
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
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
To reform means to shatter one form and to create another; but the two sides of this act are not always equally intended nor equally successful.
- 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
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
All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible.
- George Santayana
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
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

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