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George Santayana on Sex

The Sense of Beauty (Courier Dover Publications: Aug 31, 2012), p. 39. Original, 1896.

Sex endows the individual with a dumb and powerful instinct, which carries his body and soul continually toward another; makes it one of the dearest employments of his life to select and pursue a companion, and joins to possession the keenest pleasure, to rivalry the fiercest rage, and to solitude an eternal melancholy.