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José Ortega y Gasset Quotes

To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.

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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.

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Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.

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We have need of history in its entirety, not to fall back into it, but to see if we can escape from it.

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Civilization is nothing else but the attempt to reduce force to being the last resort.

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

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

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We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create.

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Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.

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To rule is not so much a question of the heavy hand as the firm seat.

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