The Revolt of the Masses Quotes.

1. "To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand. This is the sport, the luxury, special to the intellectual man. The gesture characteristic of his tribe consists in looking at the world with eyes wide open in wonder. Everything in the world is strange and marvelous to well-open eyes."
- José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses

2. "For there is no doubt that the most radical division that it is possible to make of humanity is that which splits it into two classes of creatures: those who make great demands on themselves, piling up difficulties and duties; and those who demand nothing special of themselves, but for whom to live is to be every moment what they already are, without imposing on themselves any effort towards perfection; mere buoys that float on the waves."
- José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses

3. "We feel that we actual men have suddenly been left alone on the earth; that the dead did not die in appearance only but effectively; that they can no longer help us. Any remains of the traditional spirit have evaporated. Models, norms, standards are no use to us. We have to solve our problems without any active collaboration of the past, in full actuality, be they problems of art, science, or politics. (...) It is not easy to formulate the impression that our epoch has of itself; it believes itself more than all the rest, and at the same time feels that it is a beginning. What expression shall we find for it? Perhaps this one: superior to other times, inferior to itself. Strong, indeed, and at the same time uncertain of its destiny; proud of its strength and at the same time fearing it."
- José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses

4. "What I have said, and still believe with ever-increasing conviction, is that human society is always, whether it will or no, aristocratic by its very essence, to the extreme that it is a society in the measure that it is aristocratic, and ceases to be such when it ceases to be aristocratic"
- José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses

5. "Da grima escuchar las inepcias que a toda hora se dicen."
- José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses

6. "Liberalism - it is well to recall this today - is the supreme form of generosity; it is the right which the majority concedes to minorities and hence it is the noblest cry that has ever resounded in this planet. It announces the determination to share existence with the enemy; more than that, with an enemy that is weak. It was incredible that the human species should have arrived at so noble an attitude, so paradoxical, so refined, so acrobatic, so antinatural. Hence, it is not to be wondered at that this same humanity should soon appear anxious to get rid of it. It is a discipline too difficult and complex to take firm root on earth."
- José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses

7. "The mass-man would never have accepted authority external to himself had not his surroundings violently forced him to do so. As to-day, his surroundings do not so force him, the everlasting mass-man, true to his character, ceases to appeal to other authority and feels himself lord of his own existence. On the contrary the select man, the excellent man is urged, by interior necessity, to appeal from himself to some standard beyond himself, superior to himself, whose service he freely accepts...Contrary to what is usually thought, it is the man of excellence, and not the common man who lives in essential servitude. Life has no savour for him unless he makes it consist in service to something transcendental. Hence he does not look upon the necessity of serving as an oppression. When, by chance, such necessity is lacking, he grows restless and invents some new standard, more difficult, more exigent, with which to coerce himself. This is life lived as a discipline — the noble life."
- José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses

8. "Desde el siglo XVI ha entrado la humanidad toda en un proceso gigantesco de unificación, que en nuestros días ha llegado a su término insuperable."
- José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses

9. "Observai os que vos rodeiam e vereis como avançam perdidos na vida; vão como sonâmbulos, em sua boa ou má sorte, sem ter a mais leve suspeita daquilo que lhes acontece. Ouvireis como falam em fórmulas taxativas sobre si mesmos e sobre o seu entorno, o que indicaria que possuem idéias sobre tudo isso. Porém, si analisásseis sumariamente essas idéias, notaríeis que não refletem muito nem pouco a realidade a que parecem referir-se, e se aprofundásseis mais na análise acharíeis que nem sequer pretendem ajustar-se a tal realidade. Antes o contrário: o indivíduo trata com elas de interceptar a sua própria visão do real, de sua vida mesma. Porque a vida é o caos no qual se está perdido. O homem o suspeita: porém o assusta encontrar-se cara a cara com essa terrível realidade, e procura oculta-la com uma cortina fantasmagórica onde tudo está muito claro. Não lhe importa que suas 'idéias" não sejam verdadeiras; emprega-as como trincheiras para defender-se de sua vida, como instrumentos para afugentar a realidade"
- José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses

10. "El símbolo entrega su secreto enorme cuando lo tomamos al pie de la letra y sin alterarlo lo trasportamos al resto de la realidad"
- José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses

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