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Jose Ortega y Gasset Quotes
Brief author info: Jose Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish philosopher and statesman.
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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.
Hatred is a feeling which leads to the extinction of values.
Thinking is the endeavor to capture reality by means of ideas.
As this is the simple truth-that to live is to feel oneself lost-he who accepts it has already begun to find himself, to be on firm ground.
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.
The trend toward pure art betrays not arrogance, as is often thought, but modesty. Art that has rid itself of human pathos is a thing without consequence- just art with no other pretenses.
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.
Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist.
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.
The form most contradictory to human life that can appear among the human species is the "self-sat-isfied man."
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