George Santayana Quotes

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

George Santayana

History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.

George Santayana

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.

George Santayana

Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.

George Santayana

Nonsense is good only because common sense is so limited.

George Santayana

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

George Santayana

Sanity is madness put to good uses.

George Santayana

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

George Santayana

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring

George Santayana

Trust the man who hesitates in his speech and is quick and steady in action, but beware of long arguments and long beards.

George Santayana

A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption; it is not a symbol, but a fraud.

George Santayana

England is not the best possible world but it is the best actual country, and a great rest after America.

George Santayana

The theatre, for all its artifices, depicts life in a sense more truly than history, because the medium has a kindred movement to that of real life, though an artificial setting and form.

George Santayana

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

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

The working of great institutions is mainly the result of a vast mass of routine, petty malice, self interest, carelessness, and sheer mistake. Only a residual fraction is thought.

George Santayana
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