José Ortega Y Gasset

(1883_1955 / Madrid)

José Ortega Y Gasset Quotes

  • ''Barbarism is the absence of standards to which appeal can be made.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. The Revolt of the Masses, ch. 8 (1930).
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  • ''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.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. The Revolt of the Masses, ch. 1 (1930). Later in the book (ch. 14), Ortega y Gasset refers to commonplaces as "the tramways of intellectual transportation."
  • ''To rule is not so much a question of the heavy hand as the firm seat.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. The Revolt of the Masses, ch. 14 (1930).
  • ''The cynic, a parasite of civilisation, lives by denying it, for the very reason that he is convinced that it will not fail.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. The Revolt of the Masses, ch. 11 (1930).
  • ''The mass believes that it has the right to impose and to give force of law to notions born in the café.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. The Revolt of the Masses, ch. 1 (1930).
  • ''An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. The Revolt of the Masses, ch. 8 (1930).
  • ''Civilization is nothing else than the attempt to reduce force to being the ultima ratio.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. The Revolt of the Masses, ch. 8 (1930).
  • ''We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. The Revolt of the Masses, ch. 4 (1930).
  • ''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.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. The Revolt of the Masses, ch. 8 (1930).
  • ''An "unemployed" existence is a worse negation of life than death itself.''
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. The Revolt of the Masses, ch. 14, sct. 2 (1930).

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