George Santayana was an illustrious essayist, philosopher, novelist and poet. Though he belonged to Spain, and was raised and educated in America since the age of eight.
He held a valid Spanish passport, but identified himself as American. He wrote his essays, books, novels and poems in English and is distinguished as American ‘Man of Letters’.
Popularly known for his thoughts, views and aphorisms, his writings, essays, quotes, thoughts and sayings are till date quoted extensively. Though he was an atheist, he valued Spanish Catholic beliefs, practices and values. He untimely left his job and moved to Europe, never to return.
Here is a corpus of some notable quotes and thoughts by George Santayana on men, women, masterpieces, love, life, history, future, respect, war, dead, educated, act, dreams, school, child, patriotism, soul, knowledge, recognition, tyranny etc which have been excerpted from his poems, novels, writings, books, essays, work and life.
Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. George Santayana
George Santayana Quotes
The earth has music for those who listen.
Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
A man’s feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
Everything in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence, tragic in its fate, and comic in its existence.
Love is only half the illusion; the lover, but not his love, is deceived.
The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
The loneliest woman in the world is a woman without a close woman friend.
Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.
Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different.
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
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.
For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old-fashioned.
An ideal cannot wait for its realization to prove its validity.
The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.
The brute necessity of believing something so long as life lasts does not justify any belief in particular.
Sanity is madness put to good uses.
Very Similar Quotes
Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. Edmund Burke (azquotes.com)
Those unable to catalog the past are doomed to repeat it. Lemony Snicket
He who doesn’t understand history is doomed to repeat it. Pittacus Lore
We’re doomed to repeat the past no matter what. That’s what it is to be alive. Kurt Vonnegut
It’s been my experience, Langford, that the past always has a way of returning. Those who don’t learn, or can’t remember it, are doomed to repeat it. Steve Berry
Those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it. You have to expose who you are so that you can determine what you need to become. Cynthia A. Patterson
Learn from history or you’re doomed to repeat it. Jesse Ventura
Related Quotes About History
Our history is not our destiny. Alan Cohen
Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness. A. J. P. Taylor
Few characters in history are indispensable. Albert Bushnell Hart
History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies. Alexis de Tocqueville
On the day when man told the story of his life to man, history was born. Alfred de Vigny
Freedom has no history. Andrew Cohen
History is formed by the people, those who have power and those without power. Each one of us makes history. Anselm Kiefer
Whatever we do or fail to do will influence the course of history. Arthur Henderson
What I am is a thinking, feeling human being compelled by history. Avery Brooks
Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts. Edward R. Murrow
History has repeated itself many times throughout the ages. Billy Sheehan
Whenever you move, I think you lose your history. Calista Flockhart
To communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future. Daisaku Ikeda
History is information. Memory is part of your identity. David Miliband
We learn from history that we don’t learn from history! Desmond Tutu
History provides a sense of where we’ve been and lessons that can be taken forward. Jim Leach
History is a people’s memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals. Malcolm X
The main thing is to make history, not to write it. Otto von Bismarck
History is the transformation of tumultuous conquerors into silent footnotes. Paul Eldridge
Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes. Voltaire
The history of liberty is a history of resistance. Woodrow Wilson
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
Belief creates the actual fact.
That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.
To me faith means not worrying.
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Always do what you are afraid to do.
The earth laughs in flowers.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
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Compassion is the basis of morality.
The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.
Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.
The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
A friend to all is a friend to none.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Only the dead have seen the end of war.
Your silence gives consent.
T. S. Eliot
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.
This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
You can never plan the future by the past.
The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
Our patience will achieve more than our force.