George Santayana

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Born Wednesday 16 December 1863, died Friday 26 September 1952

Professions: Novelist, Philosopher, Poet

Nationality: Spanish

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The world is a perpetual caricature of itself; at every moment it is the mockery and the contradiction of what it is pretending to be.

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Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.

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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.

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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.

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That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject.

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The spirit's foe in man has not been simplicity, but sophistication.

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The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.

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Language is like money, without which specific relative values may well exist and be felt, but cannot be reduced to a common denominator.

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Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.

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Oxford, the paradise of dead philosophies.

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The existence of any evil anywhere at any time absolutely ruins a total optimism.

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Philosophers are very severe towards other philosophers because they expect too much.

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The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art.

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The word experience is like a shrapnel shell, and bursts into a thousand meanings.

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It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.

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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.

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

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Music is a means of giving form to our inner feelings, without attaching them to events or objects in the world.

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Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.

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Habit is stronger than reason.

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