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Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.

 
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George Santayana
George Santayana
  • Born: December 16, 1863
  • Died: September 26, 1952
  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Profession: Philosopher

Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known in English as George Santayana, was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. Originally from Spain, Santayana was raised and educated in the United States from the age of eight and identified himself as an American, although he always kept a valid Spanish passport. He wrote in English and is generally considered an American man of letters. At the age of forty-eight, Santayana left his position at Harvard and returned to Europe permanently, never to return to the United States.

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