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George Santayana Quotes

(1863-1952), American Philosopher, Poet

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.

Category: Lust For Life

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.

Category: Memory

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

Category: Men And Women

Music is essentially useless, as life is.

Category: Music

Nonsense is good only because common sense is so limited.

Category: Nonsense

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

Category: Pain

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

Category: Parents And Parenting

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

Category: Past

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

Category: Patriotism

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.

Category: Possessions

Man is as full of potential as he is of importance.

Category: Potential

Prayer, among sane people, has never superseded practical efforts to secure the desired end.

Category: Prayer

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

Category: Pride

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual.

Category: Progress

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

Category: Proverbs