George Santayana

(16 December 1863 - 26 September 1952 / Madrid)

George Santayana Quotes

  • ''Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Religion," ch. 7, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).
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  • ''The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Religion," ch. 11, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).
  • ''The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, essayist. Originally published 1905. Reason in Religion, ch. 2, Scribner's (1945).
  • ''It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Religion," ch. 11, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).
  • ''A soul is but the last bubble of a long fermentation in the world.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Religion," ch. 10, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).
  • ''That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Religion," ch. 3, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).
  • ''The more rational an institution is the less it suffers by making concessions to others.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Science," ch. 9, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).
  • ''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 (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Society," ch. 2, The Life of Reason (1905-1906) rev. edition (1953).
  • ''A man's feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Society," ch. 7, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).
  • ''Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Society," ch. 2, The Life of Reason (1905-1906, revised 1953).

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Best Poem of George Santayana

Premonition

The muffled syllables that Nature speaks
Fill us with deeper longing for her word;
She hides a meaning that the spirit seeks,
She makes a sweeter music than is heard.

A hidden light illumines all our seeing,
An unknown love enchants our solitude.
We feel and know that from the depths of being
Exhales an infinite, a perfect good.

Though the heart wear the garment of its sorrow
And be not happy like a naked star,
Yet from the thought of peace some peace we borrow,
Some rapture from the rapture felt afar.

Our heart strings are too coarse ...

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Sonnet Xxv

As in the midst of battle there is room
For thoughts of love, and in foul sin for mirth;
As gossips whisper of a trinket's worth
Spied by the death-bed's flickering candle-gloom;
As in the crevices of Caesar's tomb
The sweet herbs flourish on a little earth
So in this great disaster of our birth
We can be happy, and forget our doom.

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