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George Santayana

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

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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„Solo i morti hanno visto la fine della guerra.“

—  George Santayana

da Soliliquies in England, 1924
Origine: Questa citazione è stata erroneamente attribuita a Platone nell'incipit del film Black Hawk Down. Cfr. Luigi Mascheroni, Mai dette, ma le ripetiamo sempre. Ecco le frasi fantasma della storia http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/mai-dette-ripetiamo-sempre-ecco-frasi-fantasma-storia.html, Il Giornale, 21 marzo 2009, p. 22.

„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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„Un artista è un sognatore che acconsente di sognare il mondo reale.“

—  George Santayana

Origine: Da The Life of Reason; citato in Dizionario delle citazioni.

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

—  George Santayana, libro The Life of Reason

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

„Sanity is a madness put to good uses.“

—  George Santayana

Origine: The Essential Santayana: Selected Writings

„History is nothing but assisted and recorded memory.“

—  George Santayana

Origine: The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress (1905-1906), Vol. V, Reason in Science, Ch. 2 "History"
Contesto: 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.

„Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of fact.“

—  George Santayana, libro The Sense of Beauty

Pt. III, Form; § 30: "The average modified in the direction of pleasure.", p. 125
The Sense of Beauty (1896)
Contesto: In fact, the whole machinery of our intelligence, our general ideas and laws, fixed and external objects, principles, persons, and gods, are so many symbolic, algebraic expressions. They stand for experience; experience which we are incapable of retaining and surveying in its multitudinous immediacy. We should flounder hopelessly, like the animals, did we not keep ourselves afloat and direct our course by these intellectual devices. Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of fact.

„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

Origine: The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress (1905-1906), Vol. V, Reason in Science, Ch. 2 "History"
Contesto: 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.

„Professional philosophers are usually only apologists: that is, they are absorbed in defending some vested illusion or some eloquent idea.“

—  George Santayana

Origine: The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy (1911), pp. 48-49
Contesto: Professional philosophers are usually only apologists: that is, they are absorbed in defending some vested illusion or some eloquent idea. Like lawyers or detectives, they study the case for which they are retained.

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