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George Santayana (1863 - 1952)
US (Spanish-born) philosopher [more author details]
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People are usually more firmly convinced that their opinions are precious that that they are true.
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George Santayana
Repetition is the only form of permanence that nature can achieve.
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George Santayana
Sanity is a madness put to good use.
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George Santayana
Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.
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George Santayana
Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.
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George Santayana
The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.
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George Santayana
The truth is cruel, but it can be loved and it makes free those who love it.
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George Santayana
The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
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George Santayana
Those who speak most of progress measure it by quantity and not by quality.
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George Santayana
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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George Santayana
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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George Santayana
What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known, so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves.
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George Santayana
Why shouldn't things be largely absurd, futile, and transitory? They are so, and we are so, and they and we go very well together.
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George Santayana
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.
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George Santayana, "The German Mind: A Philosophical Diagnosis"
The young man who has not wept is a savage,
and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
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George Santayana, Dialogues in Limbo (1925) ch. 3
Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
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George Santayana, Life of Reason (1905) vol. 1, ch. 10
Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
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George Santayana, Life of Reason (1905) vol. 1, Introduction
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
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George Santayana, Life of Reason (1905) vol. 4, ch. 3
Music is essentially useless, as life is.
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George Santayana, Life of Reason (1905) vol. 4, ch. 4
Music is essentially useless, as life is: but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.
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George Santayana, Life of Reason (1905) vol. 4, ch. 4
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