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GEORGE SANTAYANA
American (Spanish-born) philosopher, poet, humanist and critic
(1863 - 1952)
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The tide of evolution carries everything before it, thoughts no less than bodies, and persons no less than nations.
      - [Evolution]

The universe, as far as we can observe it, is a wonderful and immense engine.
      - [Universe]

The vital straining towards an ideal, definite but latent, when it dominates a whole life, may express that ideal more fully than could the best-chosen word.
      - [Ideals]

The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
      - [Learning]

Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of facts.
      - [Theories]

There is no dunce like a mature dunce.
      - [Stupidity]

To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.
      - [Brevity]

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
      - [Seasons]

To condemn spontaneous and delightful occupations because they are useless for self-preservation shows an uncritical prizing of life regardless of its contents.
      - [Work]

To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
      - [War]

To drink in the spirit of a place you should be not only alone but unhurried.
      - [Drinking]

To keep beauty in its place is to make all things beautiful.
      - [Beauty]

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
      - [Patriotism]

To understand one's self is the classic form of consolation; to delude one's self is the romantic.
      - [Self]

Towers in a modern town are a frill and a survival; they seem like the raised hands of the various churches, afraid of being overlooked, and saying to the forgetful public, Here I am! Or perhaps they are rival lightning rods, saying to the emanations of divine grace, "Please strike here!"
      - [Architecture]

Tyrants are seldom free; the cares and the instruments of their tyranny enslave them.
      - [Tyrants]

Unmitigated seriousness is always out of place in human affairs.
      - [Seriousness]

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.
      - [Future]

Well-bred instinct meets reason halfway.
      - [Instinct]

What religion a man shall have is a historical accident, quite as much as what language he shall speak.
      - [Religion]

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.
      - [Blame : Crime]

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
      - [Wisdom]

Words are weapons, and it is dangerous in speculation, as in politics, to borrow them from the arsenal of the enemy.
      - [Words]

It would repel me less to be a hangman than a soldier, because the one is obliged to put to death only criminals sentenced by the law, but the other kills honest men who like himself bathe in innocent blood at the bidding of some superior.
      - Persons and Places [Killing]

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
      - Soliloquies in England--War Shrines [Life]


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