Authors - George Santayana
George Santayana (December 16, 1863 - September 26, 1952) was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. A lifelong Spanish citizen, Santayana was raised and educated in the United States and identified himself as an American, although he always kept a validated Spanish passport. He wrote in English and is generally considered an American man of letters. At the age of forty-eight, Santayana left his position at Harvard and returned to Europe permanently, never to return to the United States. His last will was to be buried in the Italian Pantheon of the Cimitero Monumentale del Verano in Rome. - Wikipedia
Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
Trust the man who hesitates in his speech and is quick and steady in action, but beware of long arguments and long beards.
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old-fashioned.
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.
Intolerance itself is a form of egoism, and to condemn egoism intolerantly is to share it.
Music is essentially useless, as life is: but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.
Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.
A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.
The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.
The Bible is literature, not dogma.
The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads.
It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
I always play women I would date.
When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different.
Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
Nothing is really so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.
America is a young country with an old mentality.