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Quotes by George Santayana

George Santayana, original name Jorge Augustín Nicolás Ruiz De Santayana, born Dec. 16, 1863, Madrid, Spain, died Sept. 26, 1952, Rome, Italy. Spanish-born American philosopher and writer primarily known for his theories of aesthetics, morality, and the spiritual life. In addition to his philosophical works, such as the four-volume Realms of Being (1927-1940), he wrote poetry and a novel, The Last Puritan (1935). From 1912 he resided in Europe, chiefly in France and Italy.

  • To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight to the blood.
  • The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.
  • Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our mind
  • Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.
  • The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.
  • Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.
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