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 :: 1863-1952, American Philosopher, Poet

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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 - [Theory]

 

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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 - [Freedom]

 

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A man's feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
~ George Santayana - [Patriotism]

 

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

 

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All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.
~ George Santayana - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
~ George Santayana - [Proverbs]

 

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America is a young country with an old mentality.
~ George Santayana - [America]

 

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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 - [Beauty]

 

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Boston is a moral and intellectual nursery always busy applying first principals to trifles.
~ George Santayana - [Cities and City Life]

 

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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 - [Questions]

 

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Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
~ George Santayana - [Chaos]

 

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Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.
~ George Santayana - [Character]

 

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Emotion is primarily about nothing and much of it remains about nothing to the end.
~ George Santayana - [Emotions]

 

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Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
~ George Santayana - [Fanatics and Fanaticism]

 

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Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
~ George Santayana - [Fashion]

 

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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 - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better.
~ George Santayana - [Fun]

 

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Habit is stronger than reason.
~ George Santayana - [Habit]

 

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Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experience.
~ George Santayana - [Happiness]

 

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History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.
~ George Santayana - [History and Historians]

 

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