Jose Ortega y Gasset - Quotes

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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.

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.

I am I plus my circumstances.

I am I plus my circumstances.

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

Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do. ---->>>

Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.

Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.

An 'unemployed' existence is a worse negation of life than death itself. ---->>>

Hatred is a feeling which leads to the extinction of values. ---->>>

To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great. ---->>>

Barbarism is the absence of standards to which appeal can be made. ---->>>

We cannot put off living until we are ready. ---->>>

Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

We do not live to think, but, on the contrary, we think in order that we may succeed in surviving. ---->>>

In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates, the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will. ---->>>

A revolution only lasts fifteen years, a period which coincides with the effectiveness of a generation. ---->>>

Law is born from despair of human nature.

Law is born from despair of human nature.

There may be as much nobility in being last as in being first, because the two positions are equally necessary in the world, the one to complement the other. ---->>>

An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.

An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.

The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities. ---->>>

Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt. ---->>>

The poet begins where the man ends. The man's lot is to live his human life, the poet's to invent what is nonexistent. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

To live is to feel oneself lost. ---->>>

We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create. ---->>>

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.

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.

The good is, like nature, an immense landscape in which man advances through centuries of exploration. ---->>>

The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Under the species of Syndicalism and Fascism there appears for the first time in Europe a type of man who does not want to give reasons or to be right, but simply shows himself resolved to impose his opinions. ---->>>

Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do. ---->>>

Rancor is an outpouring of a feeling of inferiority. ---->>>

Abasement, degradation is simply the manner of life of the man who has refused to be what it is his duty to be. ---->>>

We have need of history in its entirety, not to fall back into it, but to see if we can escape from it. ---->>>

Youth does not require reasons for living, it only needs pretexts.

Youth does not require reasons for living, it only needs pretexts.

Biography - a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified. ---->>>

Poetry is adolescence fermented, and thus preserved. ---->>>

There is but one way left to save a classic; to give up revering him and use him for our own salvation. ---->>>

To rule is not so much a question of the heavy hand as the firm seat. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Spanish
Born: May 9, 1883
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Die: 10-18, 1955
Occupation: Philosopher
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José Ortega y Gasset (Spanish: [xoˈse orˈteɣa i ɣaˈset]; 9 May 1883 – 18 October 1955) was a Spanish philosopher, and essayist. He worked during the first half of the 20th century, while Spain oscillated between monarchy, republicanism, and dictatorship. His philosophy has been characterized as a "philosophy of life" that "comprised a long-hidden beginning in a pragmatist metaphysics inspired by William James, and with a general method from a realist phenomenology imitating Edmund Husserl, which served both his proto-existentialism (prior to Martin Heidegger's) and his realist historicism, which has been compared to both Wilhelm Dilthey and Benedetto Croce (wikipedia)