George Santayana was born on 16.12 1863 in Madrid, Spain. At the age of 8, he moved to the United States and was raised and educated in there. He studied at Harvard College and spent two years studying in Berlin. Santayana’s novel, The Last Puritan, is a bildungsroman, centering on the personal growth of its protagonist, Oliver Alden.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.

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.

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

Only the dead have seen the end of the war.

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