Jose Ortega Y Gasset Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old jose ortega y gasset quotes, jose ortega y gasset sayings, and jose ortega y gasset proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


One does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted?If one were to present the sportsman with the death of the animal as a gift he would refuse it. What he is after is having to win it, to conquer the surly brute through     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

A revolution does not last more than fifteen years, the period which coincides with the flourishing of a generation.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality... the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

When you are fed up with the troublesome present, take your gun, whistle for your dog, and go out to the mountain.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

An obsession is intrusive because it does not require a permit to walk into the brain.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Abasement, degradation is simply the manner of life of the man who has refused to be what it is his duty to be.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

All we are given are possibilities to make ourselves one thing or another.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

The metaphor is probably the most fertile power possessed by man.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

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

Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect; they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Man adapts himself to everything, to the best and the worst.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Civilization is nothing more than the effort to reduce the use of force to the last resort.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

In order to be enchanted we must be, above all, capable of seeing another person simply opening one's eyes will not do.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its urgency, 'here and now' without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

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

To wonder is to begin to understand.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

The tapestry of history that seems so full of tragedy when viewed from the front has countless comic scenes woven into its reverse side. In truth, tragedy and comedy are the twin masks of history - its mass appeal.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

The heart of man does not tolerate an absence of the excellent and supreme.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Meditation on any theme, if positive and honest, inevitably separates him who does the meditating from the opinion prevailing around him, from that which ... can be called 'public' or 'popular' opinion.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Biography is: a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Since love is the most delicate and total act of a soul, it will reflect the state and nature of the soul.     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset