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To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand. ...
by Jose Ortega Y Gasset

To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.
- Jose Ortega Y Gasset

Related topics: Wisdom

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

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 Ortega y Gasset

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.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

 

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 Ortega y Gasset

An 'unemployed' existence is a worse negation of life than death itself.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that
very serious person we are when we are not an artist.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

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Rancor is an outpouring of a feeling of inferiority.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

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

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

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 Ortega y Gasset

To live is to feel oneself lost.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

A revolution only lasts fifteen years,
a period which coincides with the effectiveness of a generation.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

The good is, like nature, an immense landscape in which
man advances through centuries of exploration.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

Youth does not require reasons for living,
it only needs pretexts.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

Hatred is a feeling which leads to the extinction of values.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

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

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

We cannot put off living until we are ready.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

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 Ortega y Gasset

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.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

For the person for whom small things do not exist,
the great is not great.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

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 Ortega y Gasset

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.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

Law is born from despair of human nature.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

I am I plus my circumstances.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

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

Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

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.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

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.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

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 Ortega y Gasset

I hope that you walk around the corner
and you get very surprised.
- Miranda Richardson

Time changes everything except something within us
which is always surprised by change.
- Thomas Hardy

There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence
than to be surprised at nothing.
- Josh Billings

All sorts of computer errors are now turning up.
You'd be surprised to know the number of doctors who
claim they are treating pregnant men.
- Isaac Asimov

Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll
probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
- Phil Jackson

I'm very surprised at that, yes, because there were
many chances for it to be in Germany once the syndication
market started and it continually just did not happen.
- Werner Klemperer

I was surprised by the response of young people because
there is a perception that those younger than the 1988
generation are not interested in politics.
- Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

To be a good actor...
it is necessary to have a firmly tempered soul,
to be surprised at nothing, to resume each minute the
laborious task that has barely just been finished.
- Sarah Bernhardt

Boy, I'll tell you, when the Rams drafted me No.
1, it surprised me.
I was walking on air for days.
- Jack Youngblood

So the American government lied to the Native Americans for many,
many years, and then President Clinton lied about a relationship,
and everyone was surprised!
A little naive, I feel!
- Eddie Izzard

With Sean Penn, he wants to be surprised.
He doesn't necessarily want what he's written,
although we'll do what he's written.
He likes the danger of acting.
- David Morse

People are usually surprised to hear this,
but I don't really read children's books.
- Beverly Cleary

But I've been surprised over the years.
I mean, someone told me the other day that maybe 360
million people have played this game in the world.
That's a lot of people.
- Don Bluth

I mean, I'm pretty good in real life,
but sometimes people seem surprised that I'm like a
normal teenager and wear black nail polish and I'm
just a little bit more edgy than the person I play on television.
- Brittany Snow

When he asked me, with obvious self-satisfaction,
what I thought of the scenario, I hardly knew how to answer.
I asked if he had seen the play and was hardly surprised when he said no.
- Elmer Rice

More often than what you're suggesting,
I find people are surprised that I have an urban side to me.
- Ashley Judd

I wouldn't be surprised if some day,
they put the Simpsons in the Smithsonian.
It's become part of our culture, those characters.
- Joe Mantegna

Wicked people are always surprised to find ability in those that are good.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Living in Europe, I was surprised to find out just
how little everyone knows about Japan.
- Hidetoshi Nakata

We are equally glad and surprised at Winston's return to office.
It shows that he was built for success that he should
have declined to withdraw and sulk over a superficial failure.
- Shane Leslie

We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven.
God has a soft spot for sinners.
His standards are quite low.
- Desmond Tutu

I had a sense of what leadership meant and what it could do for you.
So am I surprised that I am sitting up here on the
62nd floor of Rockefeller Plaza? No.
- Vernon Jordan

I was definitely surprised when Talk Radio took off as a play.
As a film it has become somewhere between a popular thing and a cult thing.
- Eric Bogosian

People would be surprised to know how much I learned
about prayer from playing poker.
- Mary Austin

In the theatre the audience wants to be surprised -
but by things that they expect.
- Tristan Bernard

We have a thin candy shell, I'm surprised you didn't know that.
- Tre Cool

They really can't imagine what my voice is like.
Every time I sing a song, they are very surprised.
- Coco Lee

Nobody is surprised that women writers accurately represent
male characters over and over again,
no doubt because everybody knows that women understand
men much better than vice-versa.
- Peter Straub

On reaching the place where the Indians had surprised us,
we found the bodies of the three men whom they had killed and scalped,
and literally cut into pieces.
- Buffalo Bill

I am not surprised that they show no intention to follow in my footsteps,
although if I had a second chance myself,
I would certainly try to repeat my present career.
- Richard Ernst

Everyone here says in a surprised manner that I have grown...
they are so stupid and do not notice that I am standing up straighter!
- Anna Freud

I've always known I would be a success,
but I was surprised at the way it came.
- Eva Gabor

I wouldn't be surprised if this game went all the way to the finish.
- Ian St.
John

You would be surprised of films that people just don't see.
You know what I mean? I'm always working and I'm a
film buff but I'm an old school film buff.
- Mike Epps

When you kill 500,000 children in order to impose your will on other countries,
then you shouldn't be surprised when somebody responds in kind.
- Ward Churchill

Frankly, I was surprised at how generous the Japanese
press has been to the idea of a foreigner running Sony.
- Howard Stringer

No nose hair.
Ever.
You'd be surprised at all the little twigs sticking out.
I just can't get it.
How can you see that and not just want to hack it off?
- Kyan Douglas


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