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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.
    — George Santayana
    tags: men  women  friends  sex 
     
    All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.
    — George Santayana
    tags: thoughts 
     
    To attempt to be religious without practicing a specific religion is as possible as attempting to speak without a specific language.
    — George Santayana
    Even under the most favorable circumstances no mortal can be asked to seize the truth in its wholeness or at its center.
    — George Santayana
    tags: truth 
     
    Love, whether sexual, parental, or fraternal, is essentially sacrificial, and prompts a man to give his life for his friends.
    — George Santayana
    tags: men  friends  sexual 
     
    There is no tyranny so hateful as a vulgar and anonymous tyranny. It is all-permeating, all-thwarting; it blasts every budding novelty and sprig of genius with its omnipresent and fierce stupidity. Such a headless people has the mind of a worm and the claws of a dragon.
    — George Santayana
    The mediocrity of everything in the great world of today is simply appalling. We live in intellectual slums.
    — George Santayana
    tags: live  world 
     
    To be happy you must have taken the measure of your powers, tasted the fruits of your passion, and learned your place in the world.
    — George Santayana
    tags: power  world  passion 
     
    Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.
    — George Santayana
    We should have to abandon our vested illusions, our irrational religions and patriotisms.
    — George Santayana
    tags: illusion 
     
    If you prefer illusions to realities, it is only because all decent realities have eluded you and left you in the lurch; or else your contempt for the world is mere hypocrisy and funk.
    — George Santayana
    Skepticism is a discipline fit to purify the mind of prejudice and render it all the more apt, when the time comes, to believe and to act wisely.
    — George Santayana
    Wisdom lies in taking everything with good humor and a grain of salt.
    — George Santayana
    tags: humor  lies  wisdom 
     
    An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
    — George Santayana
    tags: world  dreams  artist 
     
    It is war that wastes a nations wealth, chokes its industries, kills its flower, narrows its sympathies, condemns it to be governed by adventurers, and leaves the puny, deformed, and unmanly to breed the next generation.
    — George Santayana
    tags: flowers  war  wealth 
     
    Perhaps the universe is nothing but an equilibrium of idiocies.
    — George Santayana
    tags: universe 
     
    I like to walk about amidst the beautiful things that adorn the world.
    — George Santayana
    tags: world  beautiful 
     
    Beauty is a pledge of the possible conformity between the soul and nature, and consequently a ground of faith in the supremacy of the good.
    — George Santayana
    tags: beauty  nature  soul  faith 
     
    The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
    — George Santayana
    tags: mind  learn 
     
    Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
    — George Santayana
    tags: past 
     
    The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
    — George Santayana
    tags: impossible 
     
    There must ... be in our very nature a very radical and widespread tendency to observe beauty, and to value it. No account of the principles of the mind can be at all adequate that passes over so conspicuous a faculty.
    — George Santayana
    tags: beauty  nature  value  mind  radical 
     
    People are usually more firmly convinced that their opinions are precious than that they are true.
    — George Santayana
    tags: people  true  opinion 
     
    Life is judged with all the blindness of life itself.
    — 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
    A conceived thing is doubly a product of mind, more a product of mind, if you will, than an idea, since ideas arise, so to speak,by the mind's inertia and conceptions of things by its activity. Ideas are mental sediment; conceived things are mental growths.
    — George Santayana
    tags: growth  mental  mind  ideas 
     
    Music is essentially useless, as life is; but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.
    — George Santayana
    tags: music 
     
    People who feel themselves to be exiles in this world are mightily inclined to believe themselves citizens of another.
    — George Santayana
    tags: people  world  believe 
     
    The quality of wit inspires more admiration than confidence
    — George Santayana
    The soul, too has her virginity and must bleed a little before bearing fruit.
    — George Santayana
    tags: soul 
     
    Logic, like language, is partly a free construction and partly a means of symbolizing and harnessing in expression the existing diversities of things; and whilst some languages, given a man's constitution and habits, may seem more beautiful and convenient to him than others, it is a foolish heat in a patriot to insist that only his native language is intelligible or right.
    — George Santayana
    The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art.
    — George Santayana
    Our knowledge is a torch of smoky pineThat lights the pathway but one step aheadAcross a void of mystery and dread.
    — George Santayana
    tags: mystery 
     
    An operation that eventually kills may be technically successful, and the man may die cured; and so a description of religion thatshowed it to be madness might first show how real and warm it was, so that if it perished, at least it would perish understood.
    — George Santayana
    tags: men  madness  successful  real  die 
     
    Unmitigated seriousness is always out of place in human affairs.
    — George Santayana
    tags: human 
     
    In endowing us with memory, nature has revealed to us a truth utterly unimaginable to the unreflective creation, the truth of immortality....The most ideal human passion is love, which is also the most absolute and animal and one of the most ephemeral.
    — George Santayana
    Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.
    — George Santayana
    tags: dignity 
     
    Ideal society is a drama enacted exclusively in the imagination.
    — George Santayana
    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
    tags: peace  human  soul  help 
     
    The sophisticated concern about art sinks before a spontaneous love of reality, and I thank the photograph for being so transparent a vehicle for things...
    — George Santayana
    tags: reality 
     
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    george santayana
    Birth    : December 16, 1863
    Death  : September 26, 1952
    Occupation  : Philosopher