35 George Santayana Quotes On Predicament And dream

Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.

The Soul is the voice of the body’s interests.

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.

Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.

We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.

A man’s feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.

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

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.

The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool.

To know what people really think, pay regard to what they do, rather than what they say.

Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him.

Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body.

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

Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others.

Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.

The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.

Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.

Spectacle Predicament Sanity is madness put to good use.

America is a young country with an old mentality.

The philosophy of the common man is an old wife that gives him no pleasure, yet he cannot live without her, and resents any aspersions that strangers may cast on her character.

To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.

Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.

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.

The mind of the Renaissance was not a pilgrim mind, but a sedentary city mind, like that of the ancients.

For a man who has done his natural duty, death is as natural as sleep.

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there.

In Greece wise men speak and fools decide.

Depression is rage spread thin.

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

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

Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

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

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