One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘‘Progress, far from consisting in change,’ said the Spanish sage, ‘depends on retentiveness.’’
- ‘The conservative philosopher, George Santayana, addressed the danger of the lack of em>retentiveness in response to what Leon Edel, Henry James's biographer, referred to as ‘America's cult of impermanence’.’
- ‘The statement occurs in a discussion of the idea of progress in which Santayana contends that progress is more about retentiveness than about change.’
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