George Santayana Quote About History

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Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. George Santayana Click to tweet

More Famous Quotes By George Santayana

The earth has music for those who listen.

Only the dead have seen the end of the war.

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.

A man’s feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.

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

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

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

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces. Click to tweet

An ideal cannot wait for its realization to prove its validity. Click to tweet

The loneliest woman in the world is a woman without a close woman friend.

Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.

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

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.

Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different.

The wisest mind has something yet to learn. Click to tweet

Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.

My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image to be servants of their human interests.

For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old-fashioned.

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

The brute necessity of believing something so long as life lasts does not justify any belief in particular.

Sanity is madness put to good uses.

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Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. Edmund Burke (

Those unable to catalog the past are doomed to repeat it. Lemony Snicket

He who doesn’t understand history is doomed to repeat it. Pittacus Lore

We’re doomed to repeat the past no matter what. That’s what it is to be alive. Kurt Vonnegut

It’s been my experience, Langford, that the past always has a way of returning. Those who don’t learn, or can’t remember it, are doomed to repeat it. Steve Berry

Those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it. You have to expose who you are so that you can determine what you need to become. Cynthia A. Patterson

Learn from history or you’re doomed to repeat it. Jesse Ventura

Related Quotes About History

Human blunders usually do more to shape history than human wickedness. A. J. P. Taylor

Few characters in history are indispensable. Albert Bushnell Hart

Our history is not our destiny. Alan Cohen Click to tweet

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies. Alexis de Tocqueville

On the day when man told the story of his life to man, history was born. Alfred de Vigny

Freedom has no history. Andrew Cohen

History is formed by the people, those who have power and those without power. Each one of us makes history. Anselm Kiefer

Whatever we do or fail to do will influence the course of history. Arthur Henderson

What I am is a thinking, feeling human being compelled by history. Avery Brooks

History has repeated itself many times throughout the ages. Billy Sheehan

Whenever you move, I think you lose your history. Calista Flockhart

To communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future. Daisaku Ikeda

History is information. Memory is part of your identity. David Miliband

We learn from history that we don’t learn from history! Desmond Tutu

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts. Edward R. Murrow

History provides a sense of where we’ve been and lessons that can be taken forward. Jim Leach

History is a people’s memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals. Malcolm X Click to tweet

The main thing is to make history, not to write it. Otto von Bismarck

History is the transformation of tumultuous conquerors into silent footnotes. Paul Eldridge

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes. Voltaire

The history of liberty is a history of resistance. Woodrow Wilson

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Similar Authors And Quotes

William James

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

Belief creates the actual fact.

Friedrich Nietzsche

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

There are no facts, only interpretations.

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.

John Dewey

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.

To me faith means not worrying.

Bertrand Russell

War does not determine who is right – only who is left.

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The earth laughs in flowers.

Always do what you are afraid to do.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

More Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes

Arthur Schopenhauer

Compassion is the basis of morality.

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.


The whole is more than the sum of its parts.

A friend to all is a friend to none.

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.


Only the dead have seen the end of war.

Your silence gives consent.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

T. S. Eliot

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.

This is the way the world ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. Click to tweet

Edmund Burke

You can never plan the future by the past.

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.

Our patience will achieve more than our force.

George Santayana Biography

Who was George Santayana?

His real name was Jorge Augustín Nicolás Ruiz De Santayana.

He was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist.

For more, visit the Wikipedia page.

When was George Santayana born?

In Madrid, Spain

When did George Santayana die?

He died on September 26, 1952

How old was George Santayana at death?


Where was George Santayana buried?

Campo Verano, Rome, Italy

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