“Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.” – George Santayana
Philosopher George Santayana, who died 65 years ago this month, is perhaps best known for his quote, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
The Spanish-born Santayana spent almost as much time in America as in his native Spain and often referred to himself as a “dual” citizen. He authored his main philosophical work, The Sense of Beauty, his first book-length monograph, while living in the U.S. It’s often cited as the first major work on aesthetics written in this country.
Santayana loved the beauty of the world around him and left us with many eloquent notes and quotes on nature, fodder for anyone who aspires to be a writer. One which nicely illustrates the beautiful autumn colors is one of my favorites:
“The earth,” Santayana said, “has music for those who listen.”
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