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date: 13 July 2024

George Santayana 1863–1952
Spanish-born philosopher and critic 

  1. The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
    Dialogues in Limbo (1925)
  2. Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
    The Life of Reason (1905) vol. 1, introduction
  3. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
    The Life of Reason (1905) vol. 1, ch. 12
  4. Music is essentially useless, as life is.
    The Life of Reason (1905) vol. 4, ch. 4
  5. Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
    The Life of Reason (1905)
  6. It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.
    The Life of Reason (1905)
  7. There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
    Soliloquies in England (1922) ‘War Shrines’
  8. Only the dead have seen the end of war.
    attributed to Plato from the 1930s on, especially following a speech by General Douglas MacArthur at West Point, 12 May 1962 crediting him, but not found in Plato's works; Santayana is the earliest known source
    Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies (1922) ‘Tipperary’
  9. Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
    Three Philosophical Poets (1910)
  10. For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old-fashioned.
    Winds of Doctrine (1913)