George Santayana

(16 December 1863 - 26 September 1952 / Madrid)

George Santayana Quotes

  • ''Language is like money, without which specific relative values may well exist and be felt, but cannot be reduced to a common denominator.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), Spanish-born U.S. philosopher, poet. The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress, pt. 4, ch. 5, Scribner (1906).
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  • ''When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), Spanish-born U.S. philosopher, poet. The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress, pt. 2, ch. 6, Scribner (1906).
  • ''Old age is as forgetful as youth, and more incorrigible; it displays the same inattentiveness to conditions; its memory becomes self-repeating and degenerates into an instinctive reaction, like a bird's chirp.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), Spanish-born U.S. philosopher, poet. The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress, pt. 1, ch. 10, Scribner (1906).
  • ''You cannot prove realism to a complete sceptic or idealist; but you can show an honest man that he is not a complete sceptic or idealist, but a realist at heart. So long as he is alive his sincere philosophy must fulfil the assumptions of his life and not destroy him.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, essayist. Originally published 1920. "Three Proofs of Realism," Essays in Critical Realism, New York (1968).
  • ''There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "War Shrines," Soliloquies in England (1922).
  • ''America is a young country with an old mentality.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. Winds of Doctrine, ch. 6 (1913).
  • ''Nothing can be meaner than the anxiety to live on, to live on anyhow and in any shape; a spirit with any honor is not willing to live except in its own way, and a spirit with any wisdom is not over-eager to live at all.''
    George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. repr. In Little Essays, "The Intellect Out of Fashion," ed. Logan Pearsall Smith (1920). Winds of Doctrine (1913).

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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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