Posts Tagged 'George Santayana'

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/08/21

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Intolerance is a form of egotism, and to condemn egotism intolerantly is to share it.”   —   George Santayana

(I should share this quote with a good friend of mine.  We both share the same political/societal ideology, except that he seems to have ZERO tolerance for others’ intolerance.  He also does not see the problems of “political correctness” and “cancel culture”.  I see both of these issues – although they’re kind of one and the same – as the leading cause of today’s extremism and ideological polarization.  Regardless of whom/where this quote originated, I feel we all have to get back to “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.  We have to have a certain level of acceptance of other people’s thinking.  It’s called being civil.  Can we even have a civilization without civility?  When we insist on fighting fire with fire, we risk burning the entire thing down.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/12/20

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History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there.”   —   George Santayana

(Even if this wasn’t said tongue-in-cheek it’s not necessarily wrong.  As I’ve said on a number of occasions, history was always my favorite subject.  It’s like story time!  But, I’ve grown to acknowledge that history is the most subjective of all the academic disciplines.  Even my history professor buddy cannot dispute this, as we frequently disagree on numerous historical issues.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/24/18

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The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.”   —   George Santayana

(A very colorful writer!  We should bear his words in mind, as we sit on the couch, with our tablets/cell phones on our bellies, watching YouTube videos of cats.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/12/17

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Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.”   —   George Santayana

(Works for me!  Good ol’ Jorge is known for a number of well-known aphorisms.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/20/12

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Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.”   —   George Santayana

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(I feel a kind of kinship with this very interesting, clear seeing critical thinker.  O to possess his eloquence!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/10/12


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Richard Nixon, Time cover April 30, 1973, “The Watergate Scandal” (Photo credit: cliff1066™)

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.”   —   George Santayana

(Funny coincidence.  I just saw Woodward and Bernstein on Face The Nation, talking about the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Watergate break in.  I don’t like to speak ill of the dead, but wow!  What a vindictive and ruthless character Nixon was.  He had some very valuable accomplishments, but Geez Louise!  Be well, do good . . . and don’t bear these kind of grudges, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/06/12


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Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness. (Photo credit: *Randee)

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.”   —   George Santayana

(Words to live by!  You have no say in birth, and very little in death.  Might as well make the best of what you do have some input on . . . the interval.  Be well, do good . . . and live life, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/28/11

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One’s friends are that part of the human race with which one can be human.”   — George Santayana

(As most of you probably know by now, yer uncle is not the biggest fan of poetry.  But, that being said, this man’s quotes are pure pragmatic poetry!  Check them out.  If you don’t agree . . . well, then you’re a dolt!)   — YUR

PS.  This memorial is at Harborside, in Jersey City, New Jersey.  One of my old stomping grounds.   YUR


Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/11/10

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An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.”   — George Santayana

(And, speaking of dreamers, Happy Belated Birthday to John Lennon!  The good man would have been 70 this past Saturday. I coulda sent my wishes earlier, but I generally prefer to stay off the bandwagon.  And, the way I see it, belated wishes kinda extend the event!)   — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/24/09

The difficult is that which can be done immediately;  the impossible that which takes a little longer.”   — George Santayana

(And, I got ’em up before midnight!) —   YUR

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