George Santayana (1888)

George Santayana, during his time in Berlin, May 24, 1888
Drawing by an unknown hand

Courtesy of the webportal dedicated to Bernard Berenson at Harvard, maintained by the Villa I Tatti, Harvard University

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”