José Ortega Y Gasset

(1883_1955 / Madrid)

José Ortega Y Gasset Quotes

  • ''Biography is: a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. repr. In The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays (1968). "In Search of Goethe from Within," Partisan Review (New Brunswick, Dec. 1949).
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  • ''Stupefaction, when it persists, becomes stupidity.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. repr. In The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays (1968). "In Search of Goethe from Within," Partisan Review (New Brunswick, N.J., Dec. 1949).
  • ''Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. repr. In The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays (1968). "In Search of Goethe from Within," Partisan Review (New Brunswick, New Jersey, December 1949).
  • ''Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries. Only in proportion as we are desirious of living more do we really live.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. "Invitation to Understanding," The Dehumanization of Art (1925).
  • ''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.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. "More about the Dehumanization of Art," The Dehumanization of Art (1925).
  • ''Poetry has become the higher algebra of metaphors.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. "More About the Dehumanization of Art," The Dehumanization of Art (1925).
  • ''He who wishes to teach us a truth should not tell it to us, but simply suggest it with a brief gesture, a gesture which starts an ideal trajectory in the air along which we glide until we find ourselves at the feet of the new truth.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. "Preliminary Meditation," Meditations on Quixote (1914).
  • ''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.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. "Preliminary Meditation," Meditations on Quixote (1914).
  • ''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.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. "Preliminary Meditation," Meditations on Quixote (1914).
  • ''Youth does not require reasons for living, it only needs pretexts.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. The Revolt of the Masses, ch. 14, sct. 3 (1930).

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