Author: George Santayana

Brief Info: A philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist

Years Lived: 1863-1952

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Quotations


Progress Depends on Retentiveness

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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.

From the book The Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense

— 1906

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