47 Total Quotes

Jose Gasset Quotes

Youth does not require reasons for living, it only needs pretexts.
Jose Gasset
#Youth #Living

The essence of man is, discontent, divine discontent; a sort of love without a beloved, the ache we feel in a member we no longer have.
Jose Gasset
#Discontent

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

We do not live to think, but, on the contrary, we think in order that we may succeed in surviving.
Jose Gasset
#Thoughts And Thinking

The real magic wand is the child's own mind
Jose Gasset
#Children

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 which is weak.
Jose Gasset
#Liberals #Generosity

Poetry is adolescence fermented and thus preserved
Jose Gasset
#Adolescence

Contrary to the unsophisticated suggestions of melodrama, to rule is not so much a question of the heavy hand as of the firm seat
Jose Gasset
#Contrary

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

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 Gasset
#Creativity #Metaphor

I am I plus my surroundings and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself.
Jose Gasset
#Environment

Law is born from despair of human nature.
Jose Gasset
#Despair

The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities.
Jose Gasset
#Difficulty #Achievement

We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself.
Jose Gasset
#Excellence #Man

There is but one way left to save a classic: to give up revering him and use him for our own salvation.
Jose Gasset
#Books: Classics

Life is an operation which is done in a forward direction. One lives toward the future, because to live consists inexorably in doing, in each individual life making itself.
Jose Gasset
#Life

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

I am I plus my circumstances.
Jose Gasset
#Circumstances

Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.
Jose Gasset
#Life

Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly.
Jose Gasset
#Genius

An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.
Jose Gasset
#Truth #Ideas

The cynic, a parasite of civilization, lives by denying it, for the very reason that he is convinced that it will not fail.
Jose Gasset
#Cynics And Cynicism

By speaking, by thinking, we undertake to clarify things, and that forces us to exacerbate them, dislocate them, schematize them. Every concept is in itself an exaggeration.
Jose Gasset
#Definition