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George Santayana Quotes

(1863-1952), American Philosopher, Poet

It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true.

Category: Advantage

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

Category: Advertising

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

Category: Aggression

America is a young country with an old mentality.

Category: America

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

Category: America

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

Category: Arts And Artists

Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said.

Category: Beauty

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

Category: Body

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

Category: Chaos

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

Category: Character

Boston is a moral and intellectual nursery always busy applying first principals to trifles.

Category: Cities And City Life

Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies.

Category: Colleges And Universities

The loftiest edifices need the deepest foundations.

Category: Commitment

Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience.

Category: Conscience

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

Category: Conversation