George Santayana Quotes

Oaths are the fossils of piety.

By nature’s kindly disposition most questions which it is beyond a man’s power to answer do not occur to him at all.

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.

Music is essentially useless, as is life.

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

It is wisdom to believe the heart.

Intolerance is a form of egotism, and to condemn egotism intolerantly is to share it.

The workings of great institutions is mainly the result of a vast mass of routine, petty malice, self-interest, carelessness and sheer mistake. Only a residual fraction is thought.

Well-bred instinct meets reason halfway.

Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own finitude, and his finitude is, in one sense, overcome.