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George Santayana Quotes

(1863-1952), American Philosopher, Poet

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

Category: Friends And Friendship

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

Category: Fun

Habit is stronger than reason.

Category: Habit

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

Category: Happiness

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.

Category: Happiness

History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.

Category: History And Historians

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

Category: Impossibility

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

Category: Inferiority

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

Category: Institutions

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

Category: Intolerance

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

Category: Knowledge

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.

Category: Liberty

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

Category: Life And Living

The aim of life is some way of living, as flexible and gentle as human nature; so that ambition may stoop to kindness, and philosophy to condor and humor. Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper, bloody hands, an anguished spirit, and a vain hatred of the rest of the world.

Category: Life And Living

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

Category: Love