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George Santayana

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George Santayana (16 December, 1863- 26 September, 1952) was a philosopher.

He was born in Madrid, Spain with the name Jorge Augustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana.

Santayana moved to Boston in 1872, and took the name George as he is generally known by in the English language. He attended Boston Latin School and studied under William James at Harvard University, where he became a professor of Philosophy until he retired upon gaining an inheritance in 1912. He then lived for several years in Paris and in Oxford, England, before settling in Rome in 1925.

Santayana wrote some 18 volumes of philosophy, as well as poetry, a novel (The Last Puritan which was a best seller in 1936), and an autobiography.

Santayana's students went on to fame and glory as well. The most prominent of his students was Harry Austryn Wolfson.

Santayana's most famous statement was taken from the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, "Those who forget the past, are condemned to repeat it!"

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