George Santayana Quotes

Who is George Santayana?

Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known in English as George Santayana was a Spanish-American philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist.

Born December 16, 1863
Died September 26, 1952

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Best 21 Quotes by George Santayana

“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”

“Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.”

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

“Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.”

“Depression is rage spread thin.”

“Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.”

“Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.”

“Memory is an internal rumor.”

“The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.”

“The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.”

“The man who is not permitted to own is owned.”

“The mass of mankind is divided into two classes, the Sancho Panzas who have a sense for reality, but no ideals, and the Don Quixotes with a sense for ideals, but mad.”

“The need of exercise is a modern superstition, invented by people who ate too much and had nothing to think about. Athletics don’t make anybody long-lived or useful.”

“There are books in which the footnotes, or the comments scrawled by some reader's hand in the margin, are more interesting than the text. The world is one of those books.”

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

“There is wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the unfamiliar: it keeps the mind nimble, it kills prejudice, and it fosters humor.”

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“The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions.”


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“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

“To be happy you must have taken the measure of your powers, tasted the fruits of your passion, and learned your place in the world.”

“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.”

“The wisest mind has something yet to learn.”

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