“El villano desconoce aquel estrato de la vida en que ésta ejercita solamente actividades suntuarias, supérfluas. Ignora el rebasar y el sobrar de la vitalidad. Vive atenido a lo necesario y lo que hace lo hace por fuerza. Obra siempre empujado; sus acciones son reacciones. No le cabe en la cabeza que alguien se meta en andanzas por lo que no le va ni le viene.”
José Ortega y Gasset,
Meditations on Quixote
“I have seen them stagger out of their movie palaces and blink their empty eyes in the face of reality once more, and stagger home, to read the Times, to find out what's going on in the world. I have vomited at their newspapers, read their literature, observed their customs, eaten their food, desired their women, gaped at their art. But I am poor, and my name ends with a soft vowel, and they hate me and my father, and my father's father, and they would have my blood and put me down, but they are old now, dying in the sun and in the hot dust of the road, and I am young and full of hope and love for my country and my times, and when I say Greaser to you it is not my heart that speaks, but the quivering of an old wound, and I am ashamed of the terrible thing I have done.”
Ask the Dust
A million years ago, the cave man, without tools, with small brain, and with nothing but the strength of his body, managed to feed his wife and children, so that through him the race survived. You on the other hand, armed with all the modern means of production, multiplying the productive capacity of the cave man a million times — you are incompetents and muddlers, you are unable to secure to millions even the paltry amount of bread that would sustain their physical life. You have mismanaged the world, and it shall be taken from you. ”
Penguin Classics - Reading Guide
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Penguin Classics, has put together a wide array of titles to give the motivated reader an excellent background in classic literature. http://www.us.pePenguin Classics, has put together a wide array of titles to give the motivated reader an excellent background in classic literature.
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