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

For gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.


We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.


Many possessions, if they do not make a man better, are at least expected to make his children happier; and this pathetic hope is behind many exertions.


The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.


To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.


Only the dead have seen the end of the war.


I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads.


Sanity is madness put to good use.


There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.


The Soul is the voice of the body's interests.


Music is essentially useless, as is life.


The family is one of nature's masterpieces.


The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.


Music is a means of giving form to our inner feelings, without attaching them to events or objects in the world.


Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.


Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men.


The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.


Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.


To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.


Knowledge is not eating, and we cannot expect to devour and possess what we mean. Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.


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