George Santayana Quotes (316 quotes)
In the article "Why I Am Not a Marxist" by Santayana published in Modern Monthly, Volume 9, April 1935, p. 77. Also in: "Atoms of Thought: An Anthology of Thoughts" (Philosophical Library, 1950), George Santayana, p. 259
“Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him.”
The Works of George Santayana (1937 edition)
“Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.”
The Life of Reason (1905-1906)
“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.”
On My Friendly Critics - Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies (1922)
The Works of George Santayana (C. Scribner's sons, 1936), p. 190
“Religion in its humility restores man to his only dignity, the courage to live by grace.”
Dialogues in Limbo (1926)
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsGeorge Santayana
Born: December 16, 1863
Died: September 26, 1952 (aged 88)
Bio: George Santayana was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. A lifelong Spanish citizen, Santayana was raised and educated in the United States and identified himself as an American, although he always kept a validated Spanish passport. He wrote in English and is generally considered an American man of letters.