Jose Ortega y Gasset's Quotes
Biography of Jose Ortega y Gasset
The poet begins where the man ends. The man's lot is to live his human life, the poet's to invent what is nonexistent.Tags: Begins, Human, Life
There is but one way left to save a classic; to give up revering him and use him for our own salvation.Tags: Give, Him, Left
We have need of history in its entirety, not to fall back into it, but to see if we can escape from it.Tags: Escape, Fall, History
We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create.Tags: Create, Himself, Time
The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.Tags: Knowing, Mind, Rights
We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself.Tags: Great, Makes, Saying
Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly.Tags: Genius, Used, Wants
Life is an operation which is done in a forward direction. One lives toward the future, because to live consists inexorably in doing, in each individual life making itself.Tags: Forward, Future, Life
The metaphor is perhaps one of man's most fruitful potentialities. Its efficacy verges on magic, and it seems a tool for creation which God forgot inside one of His creatures when He made him.Tags: God, Him, Seems
There may be as much nobility in being last as in being first, because the two positions are equally necessary in the world, the one to complement the other.Tags: Last, May, Necessary
Under the species of Syndicalism and Fascism there appears for the first time in Europe a type of man who does not want to give reasons or to be right, but simply shows himself resolved to impose his opinions.Tags: Give, Himself, Time
Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.Tags: Future, Life, Series
Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else.Tags: Love, Nature, Someone
For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great.Tags: Exist, Great, Small
Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do.Tags: Means, Others, Woman
Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist.Tags: Artist, Means, Serious
In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates, the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will.Tags: Hero, Life, Political
We do not live to think, but, on the contrary, we think in order that we may succeed in surviving.Tags: May, Order, Succeed
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A revolution only lasts fifteen years, a period which coincides with the effectiveness of a generation.Tags: Generation, Period, Revolution
Abasement, degradation is simply the manner of life of the man who has refused to be what it is his duty to be.Tags: Duty, Life, Simply
I am I plus my circumstances.Tags: Plus
The essence of man is, discontent, divine discontent; a sort of love without a beloved, the ache we feel in a member we no longer have.Tags: Divine, Longer, Love
Biography - a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.Tags: Human, Life, System
The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities.Tags: Meet, Order, Realize