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George Santayana Quotes

(1863-1952), American Philosopher, Poet

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colors of life in all their purity.

Category: Death And Dying

Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.

Category: Dignity

Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.

Category: Dignity

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

Category: Disease

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

Category: Education

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

Category: Emotions

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

Category: Emotions

The highest form of vanity is love of fame.

Category: Fame

The family is an early expedient and in many ways irrational. If the race had developed a special sexless class to be nurses, pedagogues, and slaves, like the workers among ants and bees, then the family would have been unnecessary. Such a division of labor would doubtless have involved evils of its own, but it would have obviated some drags and vexations proper to the family.

Category: Family

The family is one of nature's masterpieces.

Category: Family

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.

Category: Fanatics And Fanaticism

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

Category: Fashion

The human mind is not rich enough to drive many horses abreast and wants one general scheme, under which it strives to bring everything.

Category: Focus

There is nothing to which men, while they have food and drink, cannot reconcile themselves.

Category: Food And Eating

A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.

Category: Freedom