George(Jorge) Santayana was a philosopher born on the sixteenth of December and passed away on the twenty-sixth September, 1952. He was a naturalist, believing in the belief that ideas or beliefs that are natural, as opposted to the supernatural (transcending reality as we know it) operate within the world. In simpler terms, Santayana believes in only tangible concepts—leading him to become an atheist at heart.
Santayana is a mostly unknown person outside of the philosophical photos. Despite this, he is popularly known for the aphorisms that I’m one hundred percent sure you’ve heard before.
So I’m going to cheat and present both of them today.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
The Life of Reason:
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”
The Silliloquys of England
Both these quotes work hand in hand with one another. History is perhaps, the most valued lesson that we all have the opportunity to learn. I’ve met many people in life who don’t value history, or don’t value culture. I believe history is inherently valuable to us and the Santayana is correct, that if we can’t learn we are doomed to repeat our mistakes.
I don’t want to do that, and I don’t want to be like them.
What do you all think?
Written In response to the 3-day Quote Challenge (Day 1)
Nominated by the lovely Ms. Fofo at Hush Speak Softly.
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Lucky Sketch: Lucky Sketch
Misggrace: Forgotten Empathy
Vikram Bishla: Vikram Bishla
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