Last modified on 10 December 2013, at 00:56

Talk:George Santayana

Return to "George Santayana" page.

With "Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." (Currently the first quote), is it worth mentioning

  • This is sometimes paraphrased "If we do not learn from the mistakes of history, we are doomed to repeat them." (or similar)
  • According to [1], William Hastie said something similiar, "History informs us of past mistakes from which we can learn without repeating them. It also inspires us and gives confidence and hope bred of victories already won."
  • Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel said the corollary, "What experience and history teach is this- that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it." (paraphrased as "All that we learn from (the mistakes of) history is that we do not learn from history.", or similar ).

Csmiller 13:42, 15 Oct 2004 (UTC)

There are quite a few variants on that particular quote. Feel free to add any that you think should be added beneath it as variants on the original. You have the option of also mentioning similar statements on the same theme by others, with links to them, within a comment below the quotation. ~ Kalki 15:47, 15 Oct 2004 (UTC)

No link to Wikipedia articleEdit

Thanks for getting his history quote right!

I'm curious why this page has no link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Santayana

whereas, e.g. http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Philosopher does have a box at the bottom with "Wikipedia has an article about: Philosophy"

(I'm new to Wikiquote.)


I was doing a research paper on Jim Jones and this quote was also used during the White Night where over 900 people killed themselves. Above the tub of cyanide-laced Kool-aid was a sign that said "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."-George Santayana

Unconfirmed citation for past ("history") quoteEdit

I have not confirmed the citation below, which was posted to a message board, but it may help others:

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

CITES: George Santayana, The Life of Reason or The Phases of Human Progress: Reason in Common Sense 284 (2nd ed., Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, New York 1924 (originally published 1905 Charles Scribner's Sons)(appears in chapter XII, "Flux and Constancy in Human Nature")). George Santayana, The Life of Reason or The Phases of Human Progress 82 (one-volume edition, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, New York 1954)(appears in Book I, Reason in Common Sense, chapter 10, "Flux and Constancy in Human Nature").

Source: http://members.aol.com/santayana/gsguestbook.htm, as displayed 2006-05-16; Original message dated Jan 22, 1998 23:00, from "Maintainer."

That quote again, and Google BooksEdit

When I searched for:

repeat "those who" history OR past inauthor:George inauthor:Santayana

on Google Books, the first result was The Life of Reason: Or, The Phases of Human Progress, published 1905 (public domain!), C. Scribner's Sons. Original from Harvard University. Digitized Nov 8, 2006. The entire book appears to have been scanned. The scan of page 284 shows the following:

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

(Emphasis mine.)

Does this call for an ellipsis (or the additional sentence) between the sentences? 69.141.226.51 16:05, 12 March 2007 (UTC)

UnsourcedEdit

Wikiquote no longer allows unsourced quotations, and they are in process of being removed from our pages (see Wikiquote:Limits on quotations); but if you can provide a reliable, precise and verifiable source for any quote on this list please move it to George Santayana. --Antiquary 19:25, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

  • The painfull truth falls like a weapon upon those that chose a poor defense.
  • A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. “Why I Am Not a Marxist” by George Santayana, published in “Modern Monthly: Volume: 9″ (April 1935); Page: 77-79.
  • A man's feet must be planted in his country but his eyes must survey the world.
  • Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
  • Chaos is perhaps at the bottom of everything.
  • Friends are generally of the same sex, for when men and women agree, it is only in the conclusions; their reasons are always different.
  • Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another; people are friends in spots.
  • Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy.
  • Fun is a good thing but only when it spoils nothing better.
  • Gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in the furnace of adversity.
  • Intolerance is a form of egotism, and to condemn egotism intolerantly is to share it.
  • It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.
  • Love makes us poets and the approach of death makes us philosophers.
  • Music is essentially useless, as life is: but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.
  • Never build your emotional life on the weaknesses of others.
  • Only the dead have seen an end to war. (Incorrectly attributed to Plato by General Douglas MacArthur)
  • Sanity is madness put to good uses.
  • Scepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer.
  • Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.
  • The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
  • The human mind is not rich enough to drive many horses abreast and wants one general scheme, under which it strives to bring everything.
  • The loftiest edifices need the deepest foundations.
  • The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.
  • Life is neither a feast nor a spectacle, but a predicament.
  • The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
  • History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.

There is a comma missing in the first line between "essayist" and "poet."Edit

I have no account here. Anyone want to change this? 71.145.155.242 13:24, 27 December 2010 (UTC)

Done, thanks. (Yes, I know it's 2 years later...) JesseW (talk) 06:05, 31 October 2012 (UTC)