GEORGE SANTAYANA Quotes

Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.

George Santayana

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

George Santayana

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

George Santayana

Happiness is the only sanction in life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.

George Santayana

A Californian who I had recently the pleasure of meeting observed that if the philosophers had lived among your mountains, their systems would have been different from what they are. Certainly very different from what those systems are which the European genteel tradition has handed down since Socrates; for these systems are egotistical; directly or indirectly they are anthropocentric, and inspired by the conceited notion the man, or human reason, or the human distinction between good and evil, is the center and pivot of the universe. That is what the mountains and the woods should make you at last ashamed to assert.

George Santayana

Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own finitude, and his finitude is, in one sense, overcome

George Santayana

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