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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana

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The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas. George Santayana

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There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colors of life in all their purity. George Santayana

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

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The family is an early expedient and in many ways irrational. If the race had developed a special sexless class to be nurses, pedagogues, and slaves, like the workers among ants and bees, then the family would have been unnecessary. Such a division of labor would doubtless have involved evils of its own, but it would have obviated some drags and vexations proper to the family. George Santayana

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

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The highest form of vanity is love of fame. George Santayana

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

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The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool. 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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The family is one of nature's masterpieces. George Santayana

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Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim. George Santayana

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

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Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness. George Santayana

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Habit is stronger than reason. 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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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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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

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

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

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Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own infinitude, and his infinitude is, in one sense, overcome. George Santayana

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

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

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Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace. George Santayana

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Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit. 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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The aim of life is some way of living, as flexible and gentle as human nature; so that ambition may stoop to kindness, and philosophy to condor and humor. Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper, bloody hands, an anguished spirit, and a vain hatred of the rest of the world. George Santayana

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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. George Santayana

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Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. This is the condition of children and barbarians, in whom instinct has learned nothing from experience. George Santayana

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

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Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better. George Santayana

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Music is essentially useless, as life is. George Santayana

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

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

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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. George Santayana

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If pain could have cured us we should long ago have been saved. George Santayana

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

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It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands. George Santayana

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America is a young country with an old mentality. George Santayana

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Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies. George Santayana

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

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Every actual animal is somewhat dull and somewhat mad. He will at times miss his signals and stare vacantly when he might well act, while at other times he will run off into convulsions and raise a dust in his own brain to no purpose. These imperfections are so human that we should hardly recognise ourselves if we could shake them off altogether. Not to retain any dulness would mean to possess untiring attention and universal interests, thus realising the boast about deeming nothing human alien to us; while to be absolutely without folly would involve perfect self-knowledge and self-control. The intelligent man known to history flourishes within a dullard and holds a lunatic in leash. He is encased in a protective shell of ignorance and insensibility which keeps him from being exhausted and confused by this too complicated world; but that integument blinds him at the same time to many of his nearest and highest interests. He is amused by the antics of the brute dreaming within his breast; he gloats on his passionate reveries, an amusement which sometimes costs him very dear. Thus the best human intelligence is still decidely barbarous; it fights in heavy armour and keeps a fool at court. George Santayana

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In endowing us with memory, nature has revealed to us a truth utterly unimaginable to the unreflective creation, the truth of immortality. The most ideal human passion is love, which is also the most absolute and animal and one of the most ephemeral. George Santayana

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Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect. George Santayana

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

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Oaths are the fossils of piety. George Santayana

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It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true. George Santayana

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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

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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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Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. George Santayana