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 :: 1883-1955, Spanish Essayist, Philosopher

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The cynic, a parasite of civilization, lives by denying it, for the very reason that he is convinced that it will not fail.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Cynics and Cynicism]

 

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The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Difficulties]

 

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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.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Discontent]

 

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The good is, like nature, an immense landscape in which man advances through centuries of exploration.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Goodness]

 

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The mass believes that it has the right to impose and to give force of law to notions born in the cafT.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Masses]

 

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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.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Metaphor]

 

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There is but one way left to save a classic: to give up revering him and use him for our own salvation.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Books: Classics]

 

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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.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Losers and Losing]

 

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This leads us to note down in our psychological chart of the mass-man of today two fundamental traits: the free expansion of his vital desires, and, therefore, of his personality; and his radical ingratitude towards all that has made possible the ease of his existence. These traits together make up the well-known psychology of the spoilt child.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Masses]

 

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To rule is not so much a question of the heavy hand as the firm seat.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Government]

 

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Towns are full of people, houses full of tenants, hotels full of guests, trains full of travelers, cafTs full of customers, parks full of promenaders, consulting-rooms of famous doctors full of patients, theatres full of spectators, and beaches full of bathers. What previously was, in general, no problem, now begins to be an everyday one, namely, to find room.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Crowds]

 

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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.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Opinions]

 

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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.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Excellence]

 

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We do not live to think, but, on the contrary, we think in order that we may succeed in surviving.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Creativity]

 

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Were art to redeem man, it could do so only by saving him from the seriousness of life and restoring him to an unexpected boyishness.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Arts and Artists]

 

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Youth does not require reasons for living, it only needs pretexts.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Youth]

 

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