258 Total Quotes

George Santayana Quotes

George Santayana
Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.
George Santayana
#American Philosopher #Advertising

George Santayana
My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.
George Santayana
#American Philosopher #Atheism

George Santayana
It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.
George Santayana
#American Philosopher #America

George Santayana
The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape.
George Santayana
#American Philosopher

George Santayana
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 #History

George Santayana
The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
George Santayana
#American Philosopher

George Santayana
Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
George Santayana
#American Philosopher #Chaos

George Santayana
The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms.
George Santayana
#inspirational

George Santayana
The true Christian is in all countries a pilgrim and a stranger
George Santayana
#Christian

George Santayana
History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.
George Santayana
#American Philosopher #Events

George Santayana
Habit is stronger than reason
George Santayana
#Habit

George Santayana
The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity
George Santayana
#Imagination

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

George Santayana
The more rational an institution is the less it suffers by making concessions to others.
George Santayana
#American Philosopher

George Santayana
The highest form of vanity is love of fame.
George Santayana
#American Philosopher #Fame

George Santayana
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
George Santayana
#Love #American Philosopher

George Santayana
Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.
George Santayana
#American Philosopher

George Santayana
England is not the best possible world but it is the best actual country, and a great rest after America
George Santayana
#America

George Santayana
To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.
George Santayana
#American Philosopher

George Santayana
Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality
George Santayana
#Children

George Santayana
To condemn spontaneous and delightful occupations because they are useless for self-preservation shows an uncritical prizing of life irrespective of the content.
George Santayana
#Life

George Santayana
Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited
George Santayana
#Common Sense