George Santayana

George Santayana

Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known in English as George Santayana (December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952), was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. Santayana is popularly known for aphorisms, such as "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it", "Only the dead have seen the end of war", and the definition of beauty as "pleasure objectified".

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The family is one of nature's masterpieces.

The earth has its music for those who will listen.

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

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

The Bible is literature, not dogma.

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.

Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.

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.

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

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

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

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.

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

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

America is a young country with an old mentality.

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.

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

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

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