Authors - George Santayana

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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

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Quote 276by Anonymous on 23/12/2010

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
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    Quote 410by Anonymous on 02/01/2011

    An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
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      Quote 3470by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

      Trust the man who hesitates in his speech and is quick and steady in action, but beware of long arguments and long beards.
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        Quote 3664by Anonymous on 09/02/2011

        Fanaticism consists of redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.
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          Quote 4348by Anonymous on 20/02/2011

          Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
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            Quote 4448by Anonymous on 21/02/2011

            For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old-fashioned.
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              Quote 4902by Anonymous on 04/05/2011

              The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
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                Quote 4971by Anonymous on 04/05/2011

                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.
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                  Quote 5109by Anonymous on 19/05/2011

                  Intolerance itself is a form of egoism, and to condemn egoism intolerantly is to share it.
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                    Quote 5398by Anonymous on 26/06/2011

                    Music is essentially useless, as life is: but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.
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                      Quote 5759by Anonymous on 26/08/2011

                      Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
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                        Quote 6918by Anonymous on 13/10/2011

                        The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.
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                          Quote 7528by Anonymous on 15/12/2011

                          A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.
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                            Quote 8052by Anonymous on 09/04/2012

                            The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
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                              Quote 8268by Anonymous on 01/05/2012

                              To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
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                                Quote 8438by Anonymous on 12/05/2012

                                One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
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                                  Quote 8567by Anonymous on 18/05/2012

                                  History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.
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                                    Quote 9170by Anonymous on 23/06/2012

                                    The Bible is literature, not dogma.
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                                      Quote 10774by Anonymous on 27/10/2012

                                      The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.
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                                        Quote 10817by Anonymous on 01/11/2012

                                        Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
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                                          Quote 10906by Anonymous on 08/11/2012

                                          To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
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                                            Quote 11192by Anonymous on 30/11/2012

                                            The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
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                                              Quote 11705by Anonymous on 16/01/2013

                                              I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads.
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                                                Quote 11897by Anonymous on 30/01/2013

                                                It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
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                                                  Quote 12559by Anonymous on 26/04/2013

                                                  I always play women I would date.
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                                                    Quote 12635by Anonymous on 04/05/2013

                                                    When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different.
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                                                      Quote 12963by Anonymous on 05/06/2013

                                                      Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
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                                                        Quote 13163by Anonymous on 25/06/2013

                                                        Nothing is really so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.
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                                                          Quote 13997by Anonymous on 05/10/2013

                                                          America is a young country with an old mentality.
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