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George Santayana
December 16, 1863 - September 26, 1952
Nationality: American
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: American Philosopher

Prayer, among sane people, has never superseded practical efforts to secure the desired end.


A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.


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.


Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own infinitude, and his infinitude is, in one sense, overcome.


Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.


To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.


The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind, but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients.


It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.


The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age.


In Greece wise men speak and fools decide.


The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.


The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.


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.


By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all.


Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others.


Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.


Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.


Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.


To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.


The wisest mind has something yet to learn.


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