George Santayana Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old George Santayana quotes, George Santayana sayings, and George Santayana proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.

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

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The loftiest edifices need the deepest foundations.     

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History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.

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

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Science is nothing but developed perception, interpreted intent, common sense rounded out and minutely articulated.     

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

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America is a young country with an old mentality.     

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Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.     

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Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.     

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

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Miracles are propitious accidents, the natural causes of which are too complicated to be readily understood.     

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

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

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The brute necessity of believing something so long as life lasts does not justify any belief in particular.     

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The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.     

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One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.

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The wisest mind has something yet to learn.

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The Universe, so far as we can observe it, is a wonderful and immense engine; its extent, its order, its beauty, its cruelty, makes it alike impressive.     

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It is a new road to happiness, if you have strength enough to castigate a little the various impulses that sway you in turn.     

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

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Chaos is perhaps at the bottom of everything.     

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

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Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.     

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A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.

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Beware of long arguments and long beards.

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Man's most serious activity is play.     

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

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The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.     

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Sanity is a madness put to good uses.

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