"A man of action is likely to be a poor thinker, if a thinker at all, while the ideal of the sage, the stoic for instance, is to live detached and to keep his soul motionless like a still lake which impassively mirrors the fleeting skies."
— Ortega y Gasset, José (1883-1955)
(in Mckeon, p. 305)
See José Ortega y Gasset, La deshumanización del arte e Ideas sobre la novela (Madrid, 1925).
McKeon reprints, with permission, "Notes on the Novel," from The Dehumanization of Art and Notes on the Novel, trans. Helene Weyl (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1948), 57-103.