George Santayana

George Santayana

Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known in English as George Santayana (December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952), was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. Santayana is popularly known for aphorisms, such as "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it", "Only the dead have seen the end of war", and the definition of beauty as "pleasure objectified".

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Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body.

Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.

The wisest mind has something yet to learn.

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

We must welcome the future remembering that soon it will be the past, and we must respect the past remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.

Emotion is primarily about nothing and much of it remains about nothing to the end.

Only the dead have seen the end of the war.

Fashion is something barbarous for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.

The Soul is the voice of the body's interests.

A soul is but the last bubble of a long fermentation in the world.

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

Each religion by the help of more or less myth which it takes more or less seriously proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny.

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.

Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree it is only in the conclusions, their reasons are always different.

Music is a means of giving form to our inner feelings without attaching them to events or objects in the world.

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

A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption, it is not a symbol but a fraud.

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.

To me it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.

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