Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, 1863 - 1952

portrait of George Santayana
Time Magazine cover illustration of 3 February 1936

Born: 16 December 1863, Madrid, Spain
Died: 26 September 1952, Rome, Italy

Josefina Borrás had been married to a Boston merchant until his death, she returned to her native Spain and married a Spanish diplomat, Augustín Ruiz de Santayana in 1862. The family lived at Madrid and Ávila until 1872 when they had all moved to Boston, although Señor Santayana immediately returned permanently to Spain. Jorge Anglicized his name while attending Boston Latin School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 1886. After two years studying at Berlin he returned to Harvard to teach philosophy, and studied at King's College, Cambridge in 1896-1897. In 1912 he resigned from Harvard and spent the rest of his life in Europe, originally at Ávila, Paris, and Oxford. He started wintering at Roma in 1920, and finally lived there full time until his death. He was part of what has been called the Golden Age of the Harvard philosophy department, and he wrote another 19 books while declining numerous academic positions during his four decades in Europe. In addition to his books, eight volumes including over 3,000 letters have been published. His aphorism "Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it." was, as far as I can tell, the first quotation your Quotemaster ever committed to memory.

Biography from Wikipedia and Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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