Monday, November 29, 2010

Shipwrecks


The Shipwreck by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)

"Life is, in itself and forever, shipwreck. To be shipwrecked is not to drown. The poor human being, feeling himself sinking into the abyss, moves his arms to keep afloat. This movement of the arms, that is his reaction against his own destruction, is culture - a swimming stroke. When culture is no more than this, it fulfills its function and the human being rises above his own abyss." - José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955), "In Search of Goethe From Within"

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