I was just editing a Santayana reference or two at K. I confirmed that my favorite “quote” was among my God quotes:

There is no God; and Mary is His mother.
George Santayana

And I added “attributed to”.

Still, I need to clarify further:

What I heard (as an undergraduate) was that that paradox epitomized Santayana’s philosophy. I heard it as an “as though” Santayana had actually said it: I never heard that he had actually said it, in those exact words. Neither have I read him saying it. Someone else, not Santayana himself, was summarizing “Santayana”.

I was saying just yesterday: I love Santayana, but I haven’t read much Santayana.

Of course it’s the “meaning” that’s important: I’ll return to add a comment or two. But, unless you already see what the paradox suggests, there’s not much hope of communication.

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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