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

Intolerance is a form of egotism, and to condemn egotism intolerantly is to share it.


The world is a perpetual caricature of itself; at every moment it is the mockery and the contradiction of what it is pretending to be.


Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them.


Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts.


The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art.


Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.


Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.


A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption; it is not a symbol, but a fraud.


To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.


For a man who has done his natural duty, death is as natural as sleep.


The philosophy of the common man is an old wife that gives him no pleasure, yet he cannot live without her, and resents any aspersions that strangers may cast on her character.


The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.


The existence of any evil anywhere at any time absolutely ruins a total optimism.


The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.


Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.


Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.


The highest form of vanity is love of fame.


Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different.


Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.


Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.


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