By George Santayana
In his essay "Imagination," George Santayana writes, "There are books during which the footnotes, or the reviews scrawled via a few reader's hand within the margins, might be extra fascinating than the text." Santayana himself used to be an inveterate maker of notes within the margins of his books, writing (although smartly, by no means scrawling) reviews that light up, contest, or curiously extend the author's proposal. those volumes supply a range of Santayana's marginalia, transcribed from books in his own library. those notes provide the reader an strange point of view on Santayana's existence and paintings. he's via turns serious (often), approving (seldom), literary, slangy, frivolous, or even spiteful. The notes convey his humor, his occasional outcry at a writer's folly, his drawback for the niceties of English prose and the putting of Greek accessory marks. those volumes checklist alphabetically via writer all of the books extant that belonged to Santayana, reproducing a range of his annotations meant to be of use to the reader or scholar of Santayana's proposal, his artwork, and his existence. each one access features a headnote with the author's identify, the identify of the paintings, short ebook details, and the library position of the ebook. no longer all marginalia from a given textual content is integrated; the notes were chosen for content material and magnificence. [cut final sentence; lower complete paragraph if nec.] Santayana, frequently dwelling in solitude, spent loads of his time speaking to, and speaking again to, an excellent miscellany of writers, from Spinoza to Kant to J. S. Mill to Bertrand Russell. those notes rfile these conversations.
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Waterloo. No marginalia. Thomas Mann Der Zauberberg Erster Band. Berlin: 1930. Georgetown. Six marginalia. 1 Style & philosophy slump together. [Santayana’s comment may be unfair. ] 1 To the solitary man, various personal aims, purposes, hopes and prospects might dangle before the eye, prospects in which to find the impulse to greater striving and achievement. But with impersonality all about him, and according to all signs the time itself of hopes and prospects were lacking, when those signs made it clear to him that they were hopeless, unpromising and hidden, and some manner of known or unknown question posed, after a final, more than personal, unconditional sense of all striving and activity were opposed by a hollow silence, so directly in the instance of honest humanity a certain paralyzing consequence of such circumstances virtually constant ….
2 Yes: he wishes things to find satisfaction: he doesn’t wish the satisfaction first. e. the goods are good only for those natures. ) 1 God wills that the physical world be for man, and He wills that animals exist to see and to hear … He wills that things exist out of His goodness and for the communication of His goodness. 2 He wills this, therefore it is by reason of His willing; but not by reason of this does He will it. ) 42 p 135 Things must be preordained: else there would be no reason why they are as they are?
Personal immortality, that flatulent exaggeration of selfishness, is called the “chief hope of mankind”, in an age when unselfishness is the virtue best felt and best practised. 1 For reason of honor. James J. Mallon and E. C. T. Lascelles Poverty Yesterday & Today London: 1930. Waterloo. Three marginalia. || 2 p 94, marked Family Endowment cannot fail to interest anyone whose object is the reduction of poverty. Guido Manacorda Benedetto Croce, ovvero: Dell’improntitudine Firenze: 1933. Waterloo.