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A man's feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
—  George Santayana
People are usually more firmly convinced that their opinions are precious than that they are true.
—  George Santayana
To call war the soil of courage and virtue is like calling debauchery the soil of love.
—  George Santayana
The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.
—  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
Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said.
—  George Santayana
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
America is the greatest of opportunities and the worst of influences.
—  George Santayana
To keep beauty in its place is to make all things beautiful.
—  George Santayana
Columbus found a world, and had no chart save one that Faith deciphered in the skies.
—  George Santayana
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.
—  George Santayana
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
—  George Santayana
Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.
—  George Santayana
Nothing is so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.
—  George Santayana
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
—  George Santayana
It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true.
—  George Santayana
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer.
—  George Santayana
Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
—  George Santayana
History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.
—  George Santayana
Men have fiendishly conceived a heaven only to find it insipid, and a hell only to find it ridiculous.
—  George Santayana
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
—  George Santayana
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
—  George Santayana
Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with a part of another; people are friends in spots.
—  George Santayana
History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten ... What is interesting is brought forward as if it had been central and efficacious in the march of events, and harmonies are turned into causes. Kings and generals are endowed with motives appropriate to what the historian values in their actions; plans are imputed to them prophetic of their actual achievements, while the thoughts that really preoccupied them remain buried in absolute oblivion.
—  George Santayana
There is no right government except good government.
—  George Santayana
Repetition is the only form of permanence that Nature can achieve.
—  George Santayana
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
Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
—  George Santayana
The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age.
—  George Santayana
Prejudice is a great time saver. It enables you to form opinions without bothering to get the facts.
—  George Santayana
Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
—  George Santayana
Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.
—  George Santayana
The same battle in the clouds will be known to the deaf only as lightning and to the blind only as thunder.
—  George Santayana
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
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
—  George Santayana

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