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GEORGE SANTAYANA
American (Spanish-born) philosopher, poet, humanist and critic
(1863 - 1952)
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A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
      - [Education]

A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.
      - [Judgment]

All living souls welcome whatsoever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible.
      - [Struggle]

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
      - [Folly : Wisdom]

America is a young country with an old mentality.
      - [America]

An artist may visit a museum, but only a pedant can live there.
      - [Artists]

Art, like life, should be free, since both are experimental.
      - [Art]

As man is now constituted, to be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.
      - [Brevity]

Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said.
      - [Beauty]

By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all.
      - [Questions]

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.
      - [Myths]

Each religion, so dear to those whose life it sanctifies, and fulfilling so necessary a function in the society that has adopted it, necessarily contradicts every other religion, and probably contradicts itself.
      - [Religion]

Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them.
      - [Conclusions]

Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
      - [Fanaticism]

For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old fashioned.
      - [Ideas]

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

Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
      - [Happiness]

I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads.
      - [Facts]

Intolerance itself is a form of egoism, and to condemn egoism intolerantly is to share it.
      - [Intolerance]

It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to.
      - [Virtue]

It takes a wonderful brain and exquisite senses to produce a few stupid ideas.
      - [Ideas]

Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.
      - [Knowledge]

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
      - [Knowledge]

Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own finitude, and his finitude is, in one sense, overcome.
      - [Limits]

Love makes us poets, and the approach of death should makes us philosophers.
      - [Death : Love]


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