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    American (Spanish-born) philosopher

    Quotes by George Santayana

    • A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.
    • A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
    • Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.
    • America is a young country with an old mentality.
    • Before he sets out, the traveler must possess fixed interests and facilities to be served by travel.
    • Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him.
      Age
    • Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.
    • Sanity is a madness put to good use.
    • Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.
    • Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.
    • The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.
    • The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
    • Those who speak most of progress measure it by quantity and not by quality.
    • To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
    • To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.
    • 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.
    • 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.
      "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.
      Dialogues in Limbo (1925) ch. 3
    • Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
      Life of Reason (1905) vol. 1, ch. 10
    • Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
      Life of Reason (1905) vol. 1, Introduction
    • An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
      Life of Reason (1905) vol. 4, ch. 3
    • Music is essentially useless, as life is.
      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.
      Life of Reason (1905) vol. 4, ch. 4
    • Nothing is really so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.
      Life of Reason (1905) vol. 4, ch. 8
    • The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.
      Little Essays (1920) "Ideal Immortality"
    • There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
      Soliloquies in England, 1922, "War Shrines"
    • Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. In the first stage of life the mind is frivolous and easily distracted, it misses progress by failing in consecutiveness and persistence. This is the condition of children and barbarians, in which instinct has learned nothing from experience.
      The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905
    • Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
      The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905
    • For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old-fashioned.
      Winds of Doctrine (1913) ch. 2
    • Intolerance itself is a form of egoism, and to condemn egoism intolerantly is to share it.
      Winds of Doctrine (1913) ch. 4
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