Flowers really do intoxicate me.
~ Vita Sackville-West
George Santayana Quotes
Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
The Bible is literature, not dogma.
The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
Depression is rage spread thin.
What religion a man shall have is a historical accident, quite as much as what language he shall speak.
Theory helps us bear our ignorance of facts.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
Each religion, by the help of more or less myth which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny.
Oaths are the fossils of piety.
Sanity is madness put to good uses.
The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to.
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
Self-assurance is contemptible and fatal unless it is self-knowledge.
One's friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.
Memory itself is an internal rumour.
History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.
Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
Gnomic wisdom, however, is notoriously polychrome, and proverbs depend for their truth entirely on the occasion they are applied to. Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it...
Historical investigation has for its aim to fix the order and character of events throughout past time and in all places. The task is frankly superhuman.
To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
Man is a gregarious animal, and much more so in his mind than in his body. He may like to go alone for a walk, but he hates to stand alone in his opinions.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
To the art of working well a civilized race would add the art of playing well.