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 :: 1883-1955, Spanish Essayist, Philosopher

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Stupefaction, when it persists, becomes stupidity.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Surprises]

 

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For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Things and Little Things]

 

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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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An ''unemployed'' existence is a worse negation of life than death itself.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Unemployment]

 

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I do not deny that there may be other well-founded causes for the hatred which various classes feel toward politicians, but the main one seems to me that politicians are symbols of the fact that every class must take every other class into account.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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A revolution does not last more than fifteen years, the period which coincides with the flourishing of a generation.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Revolutions and Revolutionaries]

 

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Liberalism -- it is well to recall this today -- is the supreme form of generosity; it is the right which the majority concedes to minorities and hence it is the noblest cry that has ever resounded in this planet. It announces the determination to share existence with the enemy; more than that, with an enemy which is weak.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Liberals]

 

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Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries. Only in proportion as we are desirous of living more do we really live.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Life and Living]

 

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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.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Life and Living]

 

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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.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Life and Living]

 

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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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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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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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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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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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Civilization is nothing more than the effort to reduce the use of force to the last resort.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Force]

 

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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.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Genius]

 

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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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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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An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.
~ Jose Ortega Y Gasset - [Ideas]

 

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