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GEORGE SANTAYANA
American (Spanish-born) philosopher, poet, humanist and critic
(1863 - 1952)
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Man is as full of potentiality as he is of impotence.
      - [Potential]

Men have feverishly conceived a heaven only to find it insipid, and a hell to find it ridiculous.
      - [Heaven : Hell]

Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.
      - [Nonsense]

Nothing is so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.
      - [Art]

Oaths are the fossils of piety.
      - [Oaths]

Old places and old persons in their turn, when spirit dwells in them, have an intrinsic vitality of which youth is incapable, precisely, the balance and wisdom that come from long perspectives and broad foundations.
      - [Old Age]

One real world is enough.
      - [Reality]

One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
      - [Friends]

Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.
      - [Dignity]

Our occasional madness is less wonderful than our occasional sanity.
      - [Insanity]

Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
      - [Parents]

Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.
      - [Dignity]

Philosophers are as jealous as women; each wants a monopoly of praise.
      - [Philosophy]

Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.
      - [Religion]

Religions are the great fairy tales of conscience.
      - [Religion]

Sanity is a madness put to good uses.
      - [Sanity]

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

That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions, and were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions.
      - [Life]

The aim of education is the condition of suspended judgment on everything.
      - [Education]

The brute necessity of believing something so long as life lasts does not justify any belief in particular.
      - [Belief]

The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.
      - [Dreams]

The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
      - [Family]

The fly that prefers sweetness to a long life may drown in honey.
      - [Sweetness]

The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
      - [Education]

The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age.
      - [Pride]


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