quote by George Santayana

It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.

— George Santayana

Fulfilling Libertine quotations

There comes a time when you have to stand up and be counted.


It is difficult to believe that a true gentleman will ever become a gamester, a libertine, or a sot.

I shall never forgive you for teaching me how to love life.

Evolution is the root of atheism, of communism, nazism, behaviorism, racism, economic imperialism, militarism, libertinism, anarchism, and all manner of anti-Christian systems of belief and practice.

They [zealots] would have everybody be as blind as themselves: to them, to be clear-sighted is libertinism.


It is wonderful when God saves a drunkard which He sometimes does, but it is more wonderful still when God saves little children before they become drunkards, libertines, and degenerates.

Fashions pass quickly, and nothing is more pathetic than those puppets of fashion outrageously made up one day, pale the next, pleated or ironed stiff, libertine or ascetic. Playing with fashion is an art. The first rule is don't burn your wings.

For every bourgeois, in the heat of youth, if only for a day, for a minute, has believed himself capable of immense passions, of heroic enterprises. The most mediocre libertine has dreamed of oriental princesses; every rotary carries about inside him the debris of a poet.

You must acquire the trick of ignoring those who do not like you.

In my experience, those who do not like you fall into two categories: the stupid, and the envious. The stupid will like you in five years time, the envious never.

any experiment of interest in life will be carried out at your own expense


The theatre is my drug. And my illness is so far advanced that my physic must be of the highest quality.

All men would be cowards if they only had the courage.

I wish to be moved. I cannot feel in life. I must have others do it for me in theater.

The most curious social convention of the great age in which we live is the one to the effect that religious opinions should be respected.

... the atheists, libertines, despisers of religion ... that is to say all those who usually pass under the name of Free-thinkers.


Sedition is bred in the lap of luxury and its chosen emissaries are the beggared spendthrift and the impoverished libertine.

The strength of an individual is not in his extreme freedom and libertine lifestyle, but in the stalwartness of his character and his moral vigor. The society is made of individuals. What is true for an individual is also true for the society. A society that is not founded on moral values is doomed to fall.

...and the red sun of desire and decision (the two things that create a live world) rose higher and higher, while upon a succession of balconies a succession of libertines, sparkling glass in hand, toasted the bliss of past and future nights.

If you are a libertine, if you're not given to long-term faithful relationships, you tend to project your behavior onto everyone else. It's like the person who knows they're not trustworthy; they tend to mistrust everyone else.

A man without an address is a vagabond; a man with two addresses is a libertine.


Familiarity is a suspension of almost all the laws of civility, which libertinism has introduced into society under the notion of ease.

But, you never know when The Libertines is going to come along.

Epicureanism did inspire libertine culture in isolated sects, but Epicurus himself rejected an ethics of sensory indulgence, and he would have disowned latter-day 'Epicureanism' as a fussy, expensive, unphilosophical approach to eating and drinking.

I'm a libertine, but it's not my specialty.

I'd describe myself as a sexual libertarian - but I'm not a libertine.

"To each his own" is my motto.


Katherine Sedley was the only daughter and heiress to the libertine poet Sir Charles Sedley, and grew into a thoroughly scandalous lady in her own right.

I'm tired of being set upon by crazed Christians one minute and unbridled libertines the next. Girls, I'm going camping.

The press is like the air, a chartered libertine.

In the most rigorous [Roman] laws, a wife was condemned to support a gamester, a drunkard, or a libertine, unless he were guilty of homicide, poison, or sacrilege, in which cases the marriage, as it should seem, might have been dissolved by the hand of the executioner.

I like the glamorous indie rock look, like The Libertines.

But you know, without the heroin needle sticking out of my arm.


If a woman knows a man to be a libertine, yet will, without scruple, give him her company, he will think half the ceremony between them is over; and will probably only want an opportunity to make her repent of her confidence in him.

The wickedness of a loose or profane author is more atrocious than that of a giddy libertine or drunken ravisher, not only because it extends its effects wider, as a pestilence that taints the air is more destructive than poison infused in a draught, but because it is committed with cool deliberation.

The transition from libertine to prig was so complete.

But, good my brother, do not, as some ungracious pastors do.

Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven whilst like a puffed and reckless libertine himself the primrose path of dalliance treads and recks not his own rede.