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

It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.


All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible.


Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.


If pain could have cured us we should long ago have been saved.


The word experience is like a shrapnel shell, and bursts into a thousand meanings.


Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.


Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.


Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.


A soul is but the last bubble of a long fermentation in the world.


Habit is stronger than reason.


History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.


The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool.


The Bible is literature, not dogma.


The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity.


Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body.


My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.


Wealth, religion, military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth.


There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.


The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape.


The Bible is a wonderful source of inspiration for those who don't understand it.


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