George Santayana Quotes

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George Santayana Quotes

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 birds chirp.
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The tendency to gather and to breed philosophers in universities does not belong to ages of free and humane reflection: it is scholastic and proper to the Middle Ages and to Germany.

— George Santayana

Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them.

— George Santayana

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

— George Santayana

Profound skepticism is favorable to conventions, because it doubts that the criticism of conventions is any truer than they are.

— George Santayana

Photography at first was asked to do nothing but embalm our best smiles for the benefit of our friends and our best clothes for the amusement of posterity. Neither thing lasts, and photography came as a welcome salve to keep those precious, if slightly ridiculous, things a little longer in the world.

— George Santayana

There is nothing impossible in the existence of the supernatural: its existence seems to me decidedly probable.

— George Santayana

There is nothing sweeter than to be sympathized with.

— George Santayana

Eternal vigilance is the price of knowledge.

— George Santayana

All spiritual interests are supported by animal life.

— George Santayana

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