Humorous Quotes attributed to George Santayana
1863-1952, American Philosopher
- A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
- Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.
- All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.
- Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it. (The Life of Reason)
- America is the greatest of opportunities and the worst of influences.
- By nature's kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man's power to answer do not occur to him at all. (The Life of Reason)
- Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
- Depression is rage spread thin.
- Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim. (The Life of Reason)
- Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit. (The Life of Reason)
- For good or ill I am an ignorant man, almost a poet.
- History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.
- History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.
(The Life of Reason)
- Life is judged with all the blindness of life itself.
- Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.
- Men have feverishly conceived a heaven only to find it insipid, and a hell to find it ridiculous. (The Life of Reason)
- Music is essentially useless, as life is. (The Life of Reason)
- Not to believe in love is a great sign of dulness. (The Life of Reason)
- Perhaps the only true dignity of man is his capacity to despise himself.
- Sanity is a madness put to good uses.
- Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.
- That fear first created the gods is perhaps as true as anything so brief could be on so great a subject. (The Life of Reason)
- The Bible is a wonderful source of inspiration for those who don't understand it.
- The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
- The instinct to regard poetic fictions as revelations of supernatural facts is as old as the soul's primitive incapacity to distinguish dreams from waking perceptions, sign from thing signified, and inner emotions from external powers. (The Life of Reason)
- The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.
- The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool.
- There is no cure for birth or death save to enjoy the interval.
- Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. (The Life of Reason)
- To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.
- Why shouldn't things be largely absurd, futile and transitory? They are so, and we are so, and they and we go very well together.
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