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George Santayana
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A country without a memory is a country of madmen. George Santayana
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Faith in the supernatural is a desperate wager made by man at the lowest ebb of his fortunes. George Santayana
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Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated. George Santayana
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Real unselfishness consists in sharing the interests of others. George Santayana
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I feel so much the continual death of everything and everybody, and have so learned to reconcile myself to it, that the final and official end loses most of its impressiveness. George Santayana
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All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible. George Santayana
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The highest form of vanity is love of fame. George Santayana
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Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy. George Santayana
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Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness. George Santayana
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Beautiful things, when taste is formed, are obviously and unaccountably beautiful. George Santayana
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Manhood and sagacity ripen of themselves; it suffices not to repress or distort them. George Santayana
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We do right enough darling, if we go wrong together. George Santayana
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Docility is the observable half of reason. George Santayana
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We crave support in vanity, as we do in religion, and never forgive contradictions in that sphere. George Santayana
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Matters of religion should never be matters of controversy. We neither argue with a lover about his taste, nor condemn him, if we are just, for knowing so human a passion. George Santayana
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Memory... is an internal rumor. George Santayana
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For Shakespeare, in the matter of religion, the choice lay between Christianity and nothing. He chose nothing. George Santayana
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A grateful environment is a substitute for happiness. It can quicken us from without as a fixed hope and affection, or the consciousness of a right life, can quicken us from within. George Santayana
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The mass of mankind is divided into two classes, the Sancho Panzas who have a sense for reality, but no ideals, and the Don Quixotes with a sense for ideals, but mad. George Santayana
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Mortality has its compensations: one is that all evils are transitory, another that better times may come. George Santayana
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It would hardly be possible to exaggerate man's wretchedness if it were not so easy to overestimate his sensibility. George Santayana
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The quality of wit inspires more admiration than confidence. George Santayana
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Words are weapons, and it is dangerous... to borrow them from the arsenal of the enemy. George Santayana
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Familiarity breeds contempt only when it breeds inattention. George Santayana
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I like to walk about amidst the beautiful things that adorn the world. George Santayana
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You cannot prove realism to a complete sceptic or idealist; but you can show an honest man that he is not a complete sceptic or idealist, but a realist at heart. So long as he is alive his sincere philosophy must fulfil the assumptions of his life and not destroy him. George Santayana
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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
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Lovely promise and quick ruin are seen nowhere better than in Gothic architecture. George Santayana
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The constant demands of the heart and the belly can allow man only an incidental indulgence in the pleasures of the eye and the understanding. George Santayana
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Sanctity and genius are as rebellious as vice. George Santayana
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There is (as I now find) no remorse for time long past, even for what may have mortified us or made us ashamed of ourselves when it was happening: there is a pleasant panoramic sense of what it all was and how it all had to be. Why, if we are not vain or snobbish, need we desire that it should have been different? The better things we missed may yet be enjoyed or attained by someone else somewhere: why isn't that just as good? And there is no regret, either, in the sense of wishing the past to return, or missing it: it is quite real enough as it is, there at its own date and place George Santayana
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A simple life is its own reward. George Santayana
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Those who cannot remember the pastare condemned to repeat it. or: Those who have never heard of good system development practice are condemned to reinvent it. George Santayana
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American life is a powerful solvent. It seems to neutralize every intellectual element, however tough and alien it may be, and to fuse it in the native good will, complacency, thoughtlessness, and optimism. George Santayana
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Though the heart wear the garment of its sorrow And be not happy like a naked star, Yet from the thought of peace some peace we borrow, Some rapture from the rapture felt afar. George Santayana
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. . . until the curtain was rung down on the last act of the drama (and it might have no last act!) he wished the intellectual cripples and the moral hunchbacks not to be jeered at; perhaps they might turn out to be the heroes of the play. George Santayana
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I believe in the possibility of happiness, if one cultivates intuition and outlives the grosser passions, including optimism. George Santayana
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The profoundest affinities are the most readily felt; they remain a background and standard for all happiness and if we trace them out we succeed. George Santayana
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Christianity persecuted, tortured, and burned. Like a hound it tracked the very scent of heresy. It kindled wars, and nursed furious hatreds and ambitions... Man, far from being freed from his natural passions, was plunged into artificial ones quite as violent and much more disappointing. George Santayana
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A grateful environment is a substitute for happiness. It can quicken us from without as a fixed hope and affection, or as the consciousness of a right life, can quicken us from within. George Santayana
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The God to whom depth in philosophy bring back men's minds is far from being the same from whom a little philosophy estranges them George Santayana
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Never have I enjoyed youth so thoroughly as I have in my old age. In writing Dialogues in Limbo, The Last Puritan, and now all these descriptions of the friends of my youth and the young friends of my middle age, I have drunk the pleasure of life more pure, more joyful than it ever was when mingled with all the hidden anxieties and little annoyances of actual living. Nothing is inherently and invincibly young except spirit. And spirit can enter a human being perhaps better in the quiet of old age and dwell there more undisturbed than in the turmoil of adventure. George Santayana
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Love is a brilliant illustration of a principle everywhere discoverable: namely, that human reason lives by turning the friction of material forces into the light of ideal goods. George Santayana
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America is the greatest of opportunities and the worst of influences. George Santayana
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An ideal cannot wait for its realization to prove its validity. George Santayana
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Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace. George Santayana
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To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood. George Santayana
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For gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity. George Santayana
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Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality. George Santayana
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The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise. George Santayana
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I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty. George Santayana
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It is possible to be a master in false philosophy, easier, in fact, than to be a master in the truth, because a false philosophy can be made as simple and consistent as one pleases. George Santayana
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For a man who has done his natural duty, death is as natural as sleep. George Santayana
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Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another; people are friends in spots. George Santayana
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Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself. George Santayana
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By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all. George Santayana
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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. George Santayana
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The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age. George Santayana
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Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them. George Santayana
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Philosophers are very severe towards other philosophers because they expect too much. George Santayana
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A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity. George Santayana
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There is nothing sacred about convention; there is nothing sacred about primitive passions or whims; but the fact that a convention exists indicates that a way of living has been devised capable of maintaining itself. George Santayana
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Time is like an enterprising manager always bent on staging some new and surprising production, without knowing very well what it will be. George Santayana
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Artists have no less talents than ever, their taste, their vision, their sentiment are often interesting; they are mighty in their independence and feeble only in their works. George Santayana
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Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana
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Reason in my philosophy is only a harmony among irrational impulses. George Santayana
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Philosophers are as jealous as woman; each wants a monopoly of praise. George Santayana
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People never believe in volcanoes until the lava actually overtakes them. George Santayana
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History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten. George Santayana
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What religion a man shall have is a historical accident, quite as much as what language he shall speak. George Santayana
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