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There is (as I now find) no remorse for time long past, even for what may have mortified us or made us ashamed of ourselves when it was happening: there is a pleasant panoramic sense of what it all was and how it all had to be. Why, if we are not vain or snobbish, need we desire that it should have been different? The better things we missed may yet be enjoyed or attained by someone else somewhere: why isn't that just as good? And there is no regret, either, in the sense of wishing the past to return, or missing it: it is quite real enough as it is, there at its own date and place


George Santayana

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The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.
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By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occu...
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To be interested in the changing seasons is, in this middling zone, a happier state of mind than to ...
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It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
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The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in t...
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Art supplies constantly to contemplation what nature seldom affords in concrete experience — the u...
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Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with a part of another; people are frien...
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To fight is a radical instinct; if men have nothing else to fight over they will fight over words, f...
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Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
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Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.
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One real world is enough.
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Sanity is a madness put to good use.
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Those who speak most of progress measure it by quantity and not by quality.
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The truth is cruel, but it can be loved and it makes free those who love it.
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A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judg...
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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
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Music is essentially useless, as life is.
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For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old-fashioned.
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The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.
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Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships ...
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That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions, and, were it not assumed, the most i...
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The need of exercise is a modern superstition, invented by people who ate too much and had nothing t...
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Each religion, by the help of more or less myth, which it takes more or less seriously, proposes som...
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The tendency to gather and to breed philosophers in universities does not belong to ages of free and...
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Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.
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Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; ...
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Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
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A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
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Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
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Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with a part of another: people are frien...
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It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The g...
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The working of great institutions is mainly the result of a vast mass of routine, petty malice, self...
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Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies.
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Old places and old persons in their turn, when spirit dwells in them, have an intrinsic vitality of ...
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Criticism surprises the soul in the arms of convention.
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The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool.
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The truth is cruel, but it can be loved and it makes free those who have loved it
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Unmitigated seriousness is always out of place in human affairs
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The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool
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