A string of excited fugitive miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment when the picture of one’s life or of human life as it truly has been or is satisfies the will and is gladly accepted.

Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.

Happiness is the only sanction of life where happiness fails existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.

George Santayana Happiness Quotes

History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there.

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana History Quotes

Knowledge is not eating and we cannot expect to devour and possess what we mean. Knowledge is recognition of something absent it is a salutation not an embrace.

Knowledge is recognition of something absent it is a salutation not an embrace.

George Santayana Knowledge Quotes

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

Music is essentially useless as is life.

George Santayana Music Quotes

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

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.

George Santayana Nature Quotes

It is possible to be a master in false philosophy easier in fact than to be a master in the truth because a false philosophy can be made as simple and consistent as one pleases.

The truth is cruel but it can be loved and it makes free those who have loved it.

George Santayana Truth Quotes

Almost every wise saying has an opposite one no less wise to balance it.

The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.

George Santayana Wisdom Quotes

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.

It is veneer rouge aestheticism art museums new theaters etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football kindness and jazz bands.

The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence to recreate it in the eternal.

The love of all-inclusiveness is as dangerous in philosophy as in art.

George Santayana Art Quotes