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George Santayana

Data di nascita: 16. Dicembre 1863
Data di morte: 26. Settembre 1952

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George Santayana, nato Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás , è stato un filosofo, scrittore, poeta e saggista spagnolo, rappresentante del cosiddetto realismo critico.

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Frasi George Santayana

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„Il fanatismo consiste nel raddoppiare gli sforzi quando si è dimenticato l'obiettivo.“

— George Santayana
da The Life of Reason, 1905; citato in David Allen, Detto, Fatto!, Sperling & Kupfer, 2006, pag. 66. ISBN 9788820041090

„I miracoli sono incidenti propizi, le cui cause naturali sono troppo complesse perché si possano facilmente capire.“

— George Santayana
da Introduzione all'Etica di Spinoza; citato in Elena Spagnol, Citazioni, Garzanti, 2003

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„La Bibbia è letteratura, non dogma.“

— George Santayana
da Introduzione all'Etica di Spinoza

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„Sanity is a madness put to good uses.“

— George Santayana, The Essential Santayana: Selected Writings

„History is nothing but assisted and recorded memory.“

— George Santayana
Context: History is nothing but assisted and recorded memory. It might almost be said to be no science at all, if memory and faith in memory were not what science necessarily rest on. In order to sift evidence we must rely on some witness, and we must trust experience before we proceed to expand it. The line between what is known scientifically and what has to be assumed in order to support knowledge is impossible to draw. Memory itself is an internal rumour; and when to this hearsay within the mind we add the falsified echoes that reach us from others, we have but a shifting and unseizable basis to build upon. The picture we frame of the past changes continually and grows every day less similar to the original experience which it purports to describe. Ch. 2 "History"

„By their mind, its scope, quality, and temper, we estimate men, for by the mind only do we exist as men, and are more than so many storage-batteries for material energy. Let us therefore be frankly human.“

— George Santayana
Context: Because the peculiarity of man is that his machinery for reaction on external things has involved an imaginative transcript of these things, which is preserved and suspended in his fancy; and the interest and beauty of this inward landscape, rather than any fortunes that may await his body in the outer world, constitute his proper happiness. By their mind, its scope, quality, and temper, we estimate men, for by the mind only do we exist as men, and are more than so many storage-batteries for material energy. Let us therefore be frankly human. Let us be content to live in the mind. p. 64

„The line between what is known scientifically and what has to be assumed in order to support knowledge is impossible to draw. Memory itself is an internal rumour“

— George Santayana
Context: History is nothing but assisted and recorded memory. It might almost be said to be no science at all, if memory and faith in memory were not what science necessarily rest on. In order to sift evidence we must rely on some witness, and we must trust experience before we proceed to expand it. The line between what is known scientifically and what has to be assumed in order to support knowledge is impossible to draw. Memory itself is an internal rumour; and when to this hearsay within the mind we add the falsified echoes that reach us from others, we have but a shifting and unseizable basis to build upon. The picture we frame of the past changes continually and grows every day less similar to the original experience which it purports to describe. Ch. 2 "History"

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