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 George Santayana - “Habit is stronger than reason”
 George Santayana - “Men have feverishly conceived a heaven only to find it insipid, and a hell to find it ridiculous”
 George Santayana - “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”
 George Santayana - “For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old fashioned”
 George Santayana - “Well-bred instinct meets reason halfway”
 George Santayana - “What religion a man shall have is a historical accident, quite as much as what language he shall speak”
 George Santayana - “There is nothing sweeter than to be sympathized with.”
 George Santayana - “Men become superstitious, not because they have too much imagination, but because they are not aware that they have any.”
 George Santayana - “The empiricist... thinks he believes only what he sees, but he is much better at believing than at seeing.”
 George Santayana - “To be interested in the changing seasons is, in this middling zone, a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.”
 George Santayana - “Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual.”
 George Santayana - “Man is as full of potential as he is of importance.”
 George Santayana - “A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.”
 George Santayana - “There is nothing to which men, while they have food and drink, cannot reconcile themselves.”
 George Santayana - “The human mind is not rich enough to drive many horses abreast and wants one general scheme, under which it strives to bring everything.”
 George Santayana - “The family is an early expedient and in many ways irrational. If the race had developed a special sexless class to be nurses, pedagogues, and slaves, like the workers among ants and bees, then the family would have been unnecessary. Such a division of labor would doubtless have involved evils of its own, but it would have obviated some drags and vexations proper to the family.”
 George Santayana - “Half our standards come from our first masters, and the other half from our first loves.”
 George Santayana - “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.”
 George Santayana - “To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired.”
 George Santayana - “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.”
 George Santayana - “Philosophers are very severe towards other philosophers because they expect too much.”
 George Santayana - “Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own infinitude, and his infinitude is, in one sense, overcome.”
 George Santayana - “It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.”
 George Santayana - “Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.”
 George Santayana - “A soul is but the last bubble of a long fermentation in the world.”

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