65 Golden Quotes by Philosopher George Santayana

Collection of most interesting and famous quotes by philosopher George Santayana.

Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known in English as George Santayana, was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. Originally from Spain, Santayana was raised and educated in the US from the age of eight and identified himself as an American, although he always retained a valid Spanish passport.

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Best Quotes by George Santayana

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

— 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

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

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

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

— 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

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

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.

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

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.

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

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

— 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

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.

— George Santayana

That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.

— George Santayana

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

— 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

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.

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

Happiness is the only sanction of life where happiness fails existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

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

— 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

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

— George Santayana

Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.

— George Santayana

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.

— George Santayana

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others.

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

Language is like money without which specific relative values may well exist and be felt but cannot be reduced to a common denominator.

— George Santayana

Music is essentially useless as is life.

— George Santayana

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

— 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

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.

— 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

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

— George Santayana

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

— 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

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

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

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

— 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

Wealth religion military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth.

— George Santayana

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.

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

Society is like the air necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

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

— George Santayana

Only the dead have seen the end of the war.

— 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

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

— George Santayana

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.

— George Santayana

The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.

— 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

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

— George Santayana

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