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George Santayana

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The truth is cruel, but it can be loved and it makes free those who love it.
GEORGE SANTAYANA
A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judg...
GEORGE SANTAYANA
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
GEORGE SANTAYANA
Music is essentially useless, as life is.
GEORGE SANTAYANA
For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old-fashioned.
GEORGE SANTAYANA
The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.
GEORGE SANTAYANA
Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships ...
GEORGE SANTAYANA
That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions, and, were it not assumed, the most i...
GEORGE SANTAYANA
The need of exercise is a modern superstition, invented by people who ate too much and had nothing t...
GEORGE SANTAYANA
Each religion, by the help of more or less myth, which it takes more or less seriously, proposes som...
GEORGE SANTAYANA
The tendency to gather and to breed philosophers in universities does not belong to ages of free and...
GEORGE SANTAYANA
Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.
GEORGE SANTAYANA
Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; ...
GEORGE SANTAYANA
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
GEORGE SANTAYANA
A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
GEORGE SANTAYANA
Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
GEORGE SANTAYANA
Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with a part of another: people are frien...
GEORGE SANTAYANA
It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The g...
GEORGE SANTAYANA
The working of great institutions is mainly the result of a vast mass of routine, petty malice, self...
GEORGE SANTAYANA
Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies.
GEORGE SANTAYANA
Old places and old persons in their turn, when spirit dwells in them, have an intrinsic vitality of ...
GEORGE SANTAYANA
Criticism surprises the soul in the arms of convention.
GEORGE SANTAYANA
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool.
GEORGE SANTAYANA
The truth is cruel, but it can be loved and it makes free those who have loved it
GEORGE SANTAYANA
Unmitigated seriousness is always out of place in human affairs
GEORGE SANTAYANA
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool
GEORGE SANTAYANA