GEORGE SANTAYANA Quotes

My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.

George Santayana

Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.

George Santayana

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

George Santayana

Sanity is madness put to good uses.

George Santayana

Love is only half the illusion; the lover, but not his love, is deceived.

George Santayana

The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.

George Santayana

Nothing can be meaner than the anxiety to live on, to live on anyhow and in any shape

George Santayana

Words are weapons, and it is dangerous . . . to borrow them from the arsenal of the enemy.

George Santayana

The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.

George Santayana

Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it ca.

George Santayana

Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.

George Santayana

The little word is has its tragedies; it marries and identifies different things with the greatest innocence; and yet no two are ever identical, and if therein lies the charm of wedding them and calling them one, therein too lies the danger. Whenever I use the word is, except in sheer tautology, I deeply misuse it; and when I discover my error, the world seems to fall asunder and the members of my family no longer know one another.

George Santayana

Sanity is a madness put to good uses; waking life is a dream controlled.

GEORGE SANTAYANA

Oaths are the fossils of piety.

George Santayana

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.

George Santayana
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