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"Adults who still derive childlike pleasure from hanging gifts of a ready-made education on the Christmas tree of a child waiting outside the door to life do not realize how unreceptive they are making the children to everything that constitutes the true surprise of life."
Karl Kraus
George Santayana Quotes
A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
George Santayana

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

A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.
George Santayana

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

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.
George Santayana

All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.
George Santayana

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

America is a young country with an old mentality.
George Santayana

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

Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him.
George Santayana

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

By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all.
George Santayana

Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
George Santayana

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

Depression is rage spread thin.
George Santayana

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.
George Santayana

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.
George Santayana

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better.
George Santayana

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

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

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.
George Santayana

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

In endowing us with memory, nature has revealed to us a truth utterly unimaginable to the unreflective creation, the truth of immortality... The most ideal human passion is love, which is also the most absolute and animal and one of the most ephemeral.
George Santayana

In Greece wise men speak and fools decide.
George Santayana

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

It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to.
George Santayana

It is always pleasant to be urged to do something on the ground that one can do it well.
George Santayana

It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.
George Santayana

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

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

Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own infinitude, and his infinitude is, in one sense, overcome.
George Santayana

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

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.
George Santayana

Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others.
George Santayana

Nothing can be meaner than the anxiety to live on, to live on anyhow and in any shape; a spirit with any honor is not willing to live except in its own way, and a spirit with any wisdom is not over-eager to live at all.
George Santayana

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

Nothing is so irrevocable as mind.
George Santayana

Nothing so much enhances a good as to make sacrifices for it.
George Santayana

O World, thou choosest not the better part! It is not wisdom to be only wise, And on the inward vision close the eyes, But it is wisdom to believe the heart.
George Santayana

Oaths are the fossils of piety.
George Santayana

One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
George Santayana

Periods of tranquillity are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.
George Santayana

Prayer, among sane people, has never superseded practical efforts to secure the desired end.
George Santayana

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Thse who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana

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

Sanity is madness put to good use.
George Santayana

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

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

The Bible is literature, not dogma.
George Santayana

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

The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
George Santayana

The diseases which destroy a man are no less natural than the instincts which preserve him.
George Santayana

The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.
George Santayana

The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
George Santayana

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

The highest form of vanity is love of fame.
George Santayana

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.
George Santayana

The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise.
George Santayana

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

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

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.
George Santayana

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

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

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

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

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

There is no cure for birth or death save to enjoy the interval.
George Santayana

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana

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

To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.
George Santayana

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
George Santayana

To condemn spontaneous and delightful occupations because they are useless for self-preservation shows an uncritical prizing of life irrespective of the content.
George Santayana

To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
George Santayana

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

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

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

To reform means to shatter one form and to create another; but the two sides of this act are not always equally intended nor equally successful.
George Santayana

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

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

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
George Santayana

Type:
Philosopher
Date of Birth:
1863-12-16
Year of Death:
1952
Nationality:
Spanish
 

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