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Jose Ortega Y Gasset Quotes and Sayings

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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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To live is to feel oneself lost.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Law is born from despair of human nature.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

But people who do not know me are surprised to see
me as a real person I guess.
- Christina Milian

When people meet me I think they're surprised to find
out I'm not always angst-ridden.
- Martin Gore

Some women have said, 'Gee, here I am getting involved with this fat guy,
what will people think of me?' But they were converted and sometimes surprised.
- Daniel Pinkwater

I'm always really surprised by people who are comfortable
revealing all of their secrets on TV or in a magazine.
It's actually quite shocking to me.
- Annabella Sciorra

We are constantly being surprised that people did things
well before we were born.
- Robert Benchley

People are surprised to find out that an awful lot
of people think that they're idiots.
- Eric Schmidt

Although it's only the beginning of the championship,
I am very surprised at my capability.
- Jean Alesi

You may be surprised to discover you're rich,
especially if you're broke.
- P. J. O'Rourke

I know I come off differently than I think of myself.
I'm always surprised by what people say about me.
- Kurt Russell

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

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

I don't know how to defend myself: surprised innocence
cannot imagine being under suspicion.
- Pierre Corneille

Judging by my degradation in the last 24 hours,
I'll be surprised if I make it to Tuesday.
- Aron Ralston

I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel.
I was surprised.
- Naguib Mahfouz

Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

I will interview bigwigs if I get the chance,
but you are seldom surprised by people in power -
you've got to get awfully damn close to get anything new.
- Joe Sacco

Working with my husband, I thought we would be at each other.
As close as we are, our styles are so different.
But it didn't happen - we were surprised.
- Julia Barr

Well, softness and femininity like yours people don't expect of me;
so when they find me emotional and capable of real vulnerability,
they're surprised.
- Faye Dunaway

I was very surprised that for a while I could only get cast as straight.
It was that way for a few years.
- Steve Buscemi

Well, she managed to - Barbara was capable of doing
practically anything if she set her mind to it.
In retrospect, I'm not surprised that Barbara managed
to get collect calls through.
- Ted Olson

The audience that surprised us the most was definitely Paris,
when we played there last.
They were just incredibly into us and we weren't expecting it at all.
- Jon Crosby

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

Hopelessness has surprised me with patience.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

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

The success of Watermark surprised me.
I never thought of music as something commercial;
it was something very personal to me.
- Enya

I'm not as surprised in going from playing 1,000 seats
to 4,000 seats as I was from 100 to 500 seats.
- John Mayer

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 am surprised that I cannot recall whether my desire
to become a minister transformed itself into a wish
to lead the more militant life of missionary,
by a slow process or suddenly.
- Pierre Loti

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

At first the English were very surprised by our disregarding the Hague Convention.
But from 1916 onward they used at least as much poison as we did.
- Otto Hahn

Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet,
respectful tones, but in a foreign language.
You'd be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children.
- Judith Martin


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