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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1292
AUTHOR: George Santayana (1863–1952)
QUOTATION: Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness…. when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it…. This is the condition of children and barbarians, in whom instinct has learned nothing from experience.
ATTRIBUTION: GEORGE SANTAYANA, The Life of Reason, vol. 1, chapter 12, p. 284 (1905).

See also Nos. 570, 574, and 853.