George Santayana, during his time in Berlin, May 24, 1888
Drawing by an unknown hand
Superstitions old and new thrive in this infected atmosphere; they are now all treated with a curious respect, as if nobody could have anything to object to them. It is all a scramble of prejudices and rumours; whatever first catches the ear becomes a nucleus for all further presumptions and sympathies.
– George Santayana, “The Irony of Liberalism”