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George Santayana



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

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    The dreamer can know no truth, not even about his dream, except by awaking out of it.

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    The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.

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    It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.

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

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

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    The family is one of nature's masterpieces.

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

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

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    I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads.

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    Only the dead have seen the end of the war.

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    The aim of life is some way of living, as flexible and gentle as human nature; so that ambition may stoop to kindness, and philosophy to condor and humor. Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper

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    Love is only half the illusion; the lover, but not his love, is deceived.

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    For gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.

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    Everything in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence, tragic in its fate, and comic in its existence.

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    Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.

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    Work and love -- these are the basics; waking life is a dream controlled.

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    Love makes us poets, and the approach of death should makes us philosophers

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