Wednesday, September 27, 2006

I [heart] dead people

Ok, one in particular, today - George Santayana, who studied under Josiah Royce, who taught Walter Lippmann, and who said:
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten
your aim.
Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without
reason and imitation without benefit.
Profound skepticism is favorable to conventions, because it doubts that
the criticism of conventions is any truer than they are.
All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with; all else
they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be
Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the
part of another; people are friends in spots.
Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better.
Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others.
Scepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to
surrender it too soon or to the first comer.
The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who
have loved it.

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