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

Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.


An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.


Bid, then, the tender light of faith to shine By which alone the mortal heart is led Unto the thinking of the thought divine.


Depression is rage spread thin.


It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.


The more rational an institution is the less it suffers by making concessions to others.


A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.


Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.


Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy.


Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.


The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.


Wisdom comes by disillusionment.


Tyrants are seldom free; the cares and the instruments of their tyranny enslave them.


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.


Emotion is primarily about nothing and much of it remains about nothing to the end.


That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.


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.


When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different.


Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another; people are friends in spots.


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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