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 :: 1863-1952, American Philosopher, Poet

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Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect.
~ George Santayana - [Skepticism]

 

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The empiricist... thinks he believes only what he sees, but he is much better at believing than at seeing.
~ George Santayana - [Skepticism]

 

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There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.
~ George Santayana - [Skepticism]

 

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Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.
~ George Santayana - [Society]

 

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The universe, as far as we can observe it, is a wonderful and immense engine.
~ George Santayana - [Space]

 

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The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.
~ George Santayana - [Spirit and Spirituality]

 

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Men become superstitious, not because they have too much imagination, but because they are not aware that they have any.
~ George Santayana - [Superstition]

 

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Oaths are the fossils of piety.
~ George Santayana - [Swearing]

 

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There is nothing sweeter than to be sympathized with.
~ George Santayana - [Sympathy]

 

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The theatre, for all its artifices, depicts life in a sense more truly than history, because the medium has a kindred movement to that of real life, though an artificial setting and form.
~ George Santayana - [Theater]

 

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

 

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The little word is has its tragedies: it marries and identifies different things with the greatest innocence; and yet no two are ever identical, and if therein lies the charm of wedding them and calling them one, therein too lies the danger.
~ George Santayana - [Tragedies]

 

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It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
~ George Santayana - [Unhappiness]

 

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To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.
~ George Santayana - [War]

 

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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
~ George Santayana - [Past]

 

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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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Many possessions, if they do not make a man better, are at least expected to make his children happier; and this pathetic hope is behind many exertions.
~ George Santayana - [Possessions]

 

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Man is as full of potential as he is of importance.
~ George Santayana - [Potential]

 

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Prayer, among sane people, has never superseded practical efforts to secure the desired end.
~ George Santayana - [Prayer]

 

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