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George Santayana Quotes

(1863-1952), American Philosopher, Poet

By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all.

Category: Questions

The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape.

Category: Reason

Nothing so much enhances a good as to make sacrifices for it.

Category: Sacrifice

It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.

Category: Saints

Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.

Category: Sanity

Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.

Category: Science And Scientists

To be interested in the changing seasons is, in this middling zone, a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.

Category: Seasons

Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect.

Category: Skepticism

The empiricist... thinks he believes only what he sees, but he is much better at believing than at seeing.

Category: Skepticism

There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.

Category: Skepticism

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

Category: Society

The universe, as far as we can observe it, is a wonderful and immense engine.

Category: Space

The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.

Category: Spirit And Spirituality

Men become superstitious, not because they have too much imagination, but because they are not aware that they have any.

Category: Superstition

Oaths are the fossils of piety.

Category: Swearing