Sunday, August 26, 2012

The wisdom of George Santayana

"Almost every wise saying has an opposite one,
          no less wise,
                to balance it."

George Santayana (1863-1952)
Philosopher, essayist, poet, novelist

Dash it all! I know in my heart this may well be true in some cases, but I also know that's not really the point. A wise saying—a pithy quote, a ringing admonition, a melodious epigram—stands alone in the moment when you read it. It strikes terror in your heart, or it lifts that old heart up for just a sec, or it teaches you in a flash…

So then, Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás,  go away, take your contrary insight with you, stifle yourself…and anyway—here I introduce the Paradox Of Santayana's Quip About Wise Sayings—if what you say is true, then somewhere in the blogosphere or in the unpublished ratiocinations of a deliberately thoughtful man or woman there is a countervailing uber-quip that demonstrates just how very wrong you are…

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