George Santayana

(16 December 1863 - 26 September 1952 / Madrid)

George Santayana Quotes

  • ''To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight to the blood.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Society," ch. 3, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).
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  • ''Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Society," ch. 8, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).
  • ''Wealth, religion, military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Society," ch. 2, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).
  • ''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 (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Society," ch. 3, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).
  • ''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 (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Society," ch. 8, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).
  • ''It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Society," ch. 2, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).
  • ''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.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Society," ch. 3, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).
  • ''To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Society," ch. 3, The Life of Reason (1905-1906).
  • ''My remembrance of the past is a novel I am constantly recomposing; and it would not be a historical novel, but sheer fiction, if the material events which mark and ballast my career had not their public dates and characters scientifically discoverable.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, essayist. Originally published 1923. Skepticism and Animal Faith, chapter 3, Dover Publications (1955).
  • ''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 (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. Skepticism and the Animal Mind, p. 102.

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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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Decima

Silent daisies out of reach,
Maidens of the starry grass,
Gazing on me as I pass
With a look too wise for speech,
Teach me resignation,--teach
Patience to the barren clod,
As, above your happier sod,
Bending to the wind's caress,
You--unplucked, alas!--no less
Sweetly manifest the god.

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