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George Santayana Quotes

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.

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.

A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.

A soul is but the last bubble of a long fermentation in the world.

A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.

Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.

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.

All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.

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

America is a young country with an old mentality.

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.

Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him.

Bid, then, the tender light of faith to shine By which alone the mortal heart is led Unto the thinking of the thought divine.

By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all.

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

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

Depression is rage spread thin.

Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men.

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.

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