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Summary

George Santayana was a famous Philosopher from USA, who lived between December 16, 1863 and September 26, 1952.

Biography

Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, was a Spanish philosopher, writer and fiction writer.

Although Santayana throughout his life remained a Spanish national, he grew up and studied in the United States, wrote sometimes in English, and regarded the U.S. as one of the American intellectuals. He is probably best known for the often misquoted maxim: "He who can not remember their past are doomed to repeat it", from Reason in Common Sense, the first part of his work The Life of Reason.

He was a professor at Harvard University in Philosophy 1889-1912, when he moved to Europe to devote himself exclusively to writing.

Zodiac etc.

She is born under the zodiac sagittarius, who is known for Philosophical, Motion, Experimentation, Optimism. Our collection contains 89 quotes who is written / told by George, under the main topics: Art, Friendship, Wisdom, Women.

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Famous quotes by George Santayana (89)


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"Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness"
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"Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it"
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"Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different"
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"Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace"
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"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"
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"It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness"
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"It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands"
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"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"
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"It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig"
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"It is always pleasant to be urged to do something on the ground that one can do it well"
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"Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors"
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"Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better"
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"Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another; people are friends in spots"
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"Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy"
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"For gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity"
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"For a man who has done his natural duty, death is as natural as sleep"
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"Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit"
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"Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim"
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"Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them"
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"Emotion is primarily about nothing and much of it remains about nothing to the end"
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"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"
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"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"
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"Depression is rage spread thin"
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"Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character"
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"Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds"
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"By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all"
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"Bid, then, the tender light of faith to shine By which alone the mortal heart is led Unto the thinking of the thought divine"
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"Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him"
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"America is a young country with an old mentality"
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"All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato"
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"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"
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"Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better"
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"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"
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"A soul is but the last bubble of a long fermentation in the world"
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"A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world"
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"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"
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"A child educated only at school is an uneducated child"
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"To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood"
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"To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman"
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"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring"
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"To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired"
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"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it"
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"One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human"
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"An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world"
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"The philosophy of the common man is an old wife that gives him no pleasure, yet he cannot live without her, and resents any aspersions that strangers may cast on her character"
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"The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation"
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"I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty"
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"The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication"
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"The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer"
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"Oaths are the fossils of piety"
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"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"
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"In Greece wise men speak and fools decide"
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"The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity"
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"When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different"
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"The word experience is like a shrapnel shell, and bursts into a thousand meanings"
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"My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests"
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"History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there"
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"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"
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"That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject"
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"The tendency to gather and to breed philosophers in universities does not belong to ages of free and humane reflection: it is scholastic and proper to the Middle Ages and to Germany"
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"Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body"
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"Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others"
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"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"
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"There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval"
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"There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far"
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"Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts"
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"The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool"
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"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"
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"The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind, but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients"
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"The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise"
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"The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art"
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"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"
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"The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy"
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"The highest form of vanity is love of fame"
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"The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas"
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"The family is one of nature's masterpieces"
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"The existence of any evil anywhere at any time absolutely ruins a total optimism"
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"The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal"
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"Sanity is madness put to good use"
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"Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace"
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"Prayer, among sane people, has never superseded practical efforts to secure the desired end"
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"Philosophers are very severe towards other philosophers because they expect too much"
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"Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up"
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"Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself"
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"Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality"
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"Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies"
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"Only the dead have seen the end of the war"
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"Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own infinitude, and his infinitude is, in one sense, overcome"
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"Language is like money, without which specific relative values may well exist and be felt, but cannot be reduced to a common denominator"


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