George Santayana

The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool. - George Santayana

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.  - George Santayana

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

The profoundest affinities are the most readily felt; they remain a background and standard for all happiness and if we trace them out we succeed. - George Santayana

Sanity is a madness put to good uses. - George Santayana

The family is one of nature's masterpieces. - George Santayana

I believe in the possibility of happiness, if one cultivates intuition and outlives the grosser passions, including optimism. - George Santayana

The brute necessity of believing something so long as life lasts does not justify any belief in particular. - George Santayana, Scepticism and Animal Faith, 192

An ideal cannot wait for its realization to prove its validity. - George Santayana, The Life of Reason, 1905-1906