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George Santayana

  1. " 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. "

  2. " A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity. "

  3. " All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato. "

  4. " Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it. "

  5. " America is a young country with an old mentality. "

  6. " Beauty as we feel it is something indescribable; what it is or what it means can never be said. "

  7. " Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds. "

  8. " Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character. "

  9. " Emotion is primarily about nothing and much of it remains about nothing to the end. "

  10. " Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim. "

  11. " Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another; people are friends in spots. "

  12. " Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better. "

  13. " Habit is stronger than reason. "

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

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

  16. " If pain could have cured us we should long ago have been saved. "

  17. " Intolerance is a form of egotism, and to condemn egotism intolerantly is to share it. "

  18. " It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true. "

  19. " It is characteristic of spontaneous friendship to take on, without enquiry and almost at first sight, the unseen doings and unspoken sentiments of our friends; the part known gives us evidence enough that the unknown part cannot be much amiss. "

  20. " It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig. "

  21. " It is wisdom to believe the heart. "

  22. " It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness. "

  23. " Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace. "

  24. "Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament. "

  25. " Man is as full of potential as he is of importance. "

  26. " Many possessions, if they do not make a man better, are at least expected to make his children happier; and this pathetic hope is behind many exertions. "

  27. " Men become superstitious, not because they have too much imagination, but because they are not aware that they have any. "

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

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

  30. " Prayer, among sane people, has never superseded practical efforts to secure the desired end. "

  31. " Real unselfishness consists in sharing the interests of others. "

  32. " That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject. "

  33. " The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer. "

  34. " The diseases which destroy a man are no less natural than the instincts which preserve him. "

  35. " The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal. "

  36. " The empiricist... thinks he believes only what he sees, but he is much better at believing than at seeing. "

  37. " The family is one of nature's masterpieces. "

  38. " The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas. "

  39. " The highest form of vanity is love of fame. "

  40. " The human mind is not rich enough to drive many horses abreast and wants one general scheme, under which it strives to bring everything. "

  41. " The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape. "

  42. " 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. "

  43. " The loftiest edifices need the deepest foundations. "

  44. " The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise. "

  45. " The more rational an institution is the less it suffers by making concessions to others. "

  46. "The superiority of the distant over the present is only due to the mass and variety of the pleasures that can be suggested, compared with the poverty of those that can at any time be felt. "

  47. " 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. "

  48. " The universe, as far as we can observe it, is a wonderful and immense engine. "

  49. " The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool. "

  50. " There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far. "

  51. " There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval. "

  52. " There is nothing sweeter than to be sympathized with. "

  53. " There is nothing to which men, while they have food and drink, cannot reconcile themselves. "

  54. " Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. "

  55. " To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired. "

  56. " To be interested in the changing seasons is, in this middling zone, a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. "

  57. " To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight to the blood. "

  58. " Wealth, religion, military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth. "

  59. " Well-bred instinct meets reason halfway. "

  60. " When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different. "

  61. " Wisdom comes by disillusionment. "

    Miguel de Unamuno

  62. "When a thing is said to be not worth refuting you may be sure that either it is flagrantly stupid--in which case all comment is superfluous--or it is something formidable, the very crux of the problem."

  63. "The only way to give finality to the world is to give it consciousness."

  64. "Man dies of cold, not of darkness."

  65. "We need God, not in order to understand the why, but in order to feel and sustain the ultimate wherefore, to give a meaning to the universe."

  66. " To fall into a habit is to begin to cease to be."

  67. "For it is the suffering flesh, it is suffering, it is death, that lovers perpetuate upon the earth. Love is at once the brother, son, and father of death, which is its sister, mother, and daughter. And thus it is that in the depth of love there is a depth of eternal despair, out of which springs hope and consolation."

  68. "To love with the spirit is to pity, and he who pities most loves most."

  69. "Science is a cemetery of dead ideas."

  70. "The skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found."

  71. "There is no true love save in suffering, and in this world we have to choose either love, which is suffering, or happiness. . . . Man is the more man--that is, the more divine--the greater his capacity for suffering, or rather, for anguish."

  72. "Cure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others. Concern yourself only with how you appear before God, concern yourself only with the idea that God may have of you. "

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