Jose Ortega-Gasset Quotes

Poetry is adolescence fermented and thus preserved.

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

To live is to feel ourselves fatally obliged to exercise our liberty, to decide what we are going to be in this world. Not for a single moment is our activity of decision allowed to rest.

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

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

The real magic wand is the child’s own mind.

Man adapts himself to everything, to the best and the worst. To one thing only does he not adapt himself: to being not clear in his own mind what he believes about things.

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

To live is to feel oneself lost.