George Santayana Quotes

Nothing is so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.

Beware of long arguments and long beards.

America is a young country with an old mentality.

America is the greatest of opportunities and the worst of influences.

To drink in the spirit of a place you should be not only alone but unhurried.

All living souls welcome whatsoever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible.

Never have I enjoyed youth so thoroughly as I have in my old age. Nothing is inherently and invincibly young except spirit. And spirit can enter a human being perhaps better in the quiet of old age and dwell there more undisturbed than in the turmoil of adventure.

Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.

The quality of wit inspires more admiration than confidence.

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. But as it nevertheless intends all the time to be something dignified, at the next moment it corrects and checks and tries to cover up the absurd thing it was; […]