George Santayana

George Santayana

American philosopher, author, poet
16 December 1863 — 26 September 1952

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When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different.


Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others.

Religions are the great fairy tales of the conscience.

Each religion, so dear to those whose life it sanctifies, and fulfilling so necessary a function in the society that has adopted it, necessarily contradicts every other religion, and probably contradicts itself.

The Bible is a wonderful source of inspiration for those who don't understand it.

Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.

The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise.

Memory itself is an internal rumour.

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.

Tyrants are seldom free; the cares and the instruments of their tyranny enslave them.


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