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“Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.”
José 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 type of human being we prefer reveals the contours of our heart.”
José Ortega y Gasset
“Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do.

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“The metaphor is probably the most fertile power possessed by man”
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“There is no doubt; even a rejection can be the shadow of a caress”.”
José Ortega y Gasset
“Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect; they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries. ”
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“Yo soy yo y mi circunstancia.”
José Ortega y Gasset
“We do not live to think, but, on the contrary, we think in order that we may succeed in surviving.”
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“In their choice of lovers both the male and the female reveal their essential nature. The type of human being we prefer reveals the contours of our heart. Love is an impulse which springs from the most profound depths of our beings, and upon reaching the visible surface of life carries with it an alluvium of shells and seaweed from the inner abyss. A skilled naturalist, by filing these materials, can reconstruct the oceanic depths from which they have been uprooted.”
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“The metaphor is perhaps the most fruitful power of man. Its efficacy verges on magic, and it seems a tool for creation which God forgot inside one of His creatures when He made him.”
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“To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand. This is the sport, the luxury, special to the intellectual man. The gesture characteristic of his tribe consists in looking at the world with eyes wide open in wonder. Everything in the world is strange and marvelous to well-open eyes.”
José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses
“Romantic poses aside, let us recognize that "falling in love"...is an inferior state of mind, a form of transitory imbecility.”
Jose Ortega y Gasset
“Every life is, more or less, a ruin among whose debris we have to discover what the person ought to have been.”
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“To remain in the past means to be dead.”
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“We fall in love when our imagination projects nonexistent perfection upon another person. One day, the fantasy evaporates and with it, love dies.”
José Ortega y Gasset
“I am I and my circumstance; and, if I do not save it, I do not save myself.”
José Ortega y Gasset, Meditations on Quixote
“For there is no doubt that the most radical division that it is possible to make of humanity is that which splits it into two classes of creatures: those who make great demands on themselves, piling up difficulties and duties; and those who demand nothing special of themselves, but for whom to live is to be every moment what they already are, without imposing on themselves any effort towards perfection; mere buoys that float on the waves.”
José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses
“Thinking is the desire to gain reality by means of ideas.”
José Ortega y Gasset
“tragedy in the theater opens our eyes so that we can discover and appreciate the heroic in reality.”
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.”
José Ortega y Gasset
“To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.”
José Ortega y Gasset
“The characteristic note of our time is the dire truth that, the mediocre soul, the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be mediocre, has the gall to assert its right to mediocrity, and goes on to impose itself where it can.”
Jose Ortega y Gasset
“Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.”
José Ortega y Gasset
“I have long since learned, as a measure of elementary hygiene, to be on guard when anyone quotes Pascal.”
José Ortega y Gasset
“The mass is all which sets no value on itself──good or ill──based on specific grounds, but which feels itself "just like everything" ... The mass crushes beneath it everything which is different, everything that is excellent, individual, qualified and select. Anybody who is not like everybody, who does not think like everybody, runs the risk of being eliminated.”
Jose Ortega Ygasset, La rebelión de las masas
“Ser de la izquierda es, como ser de la derecha, una de las infinitas maneras que el hombre puede elegir para ser un imbécil.”
José Ortega y Gasset
“We feel that we actual men have suddenly been left alone on the earth; that the dead did not die in appearance only but effectively; that they can no longer help us. Any remains of the traditional spirit have evaporated. Models, norms, standards are no use to us. We have to solve our problems without any active collaboration of the past, in full actuality, be they problems of art, science, or politics. (...) It is not easy to formulate the impression that our epoch has of itself; it believes itself more than all the rest, and at the same time feels that it is a beginning. What expression shall we find for it? Perhaps this one: superior to other times, inferior to itself. Strong, indeed, and at the same time uncertain of its destiny; proud of its strength and at the same time fearing it.”
José Ortega y Gasset, The Revolt of the Masses
“On the Bigotry of Culture:
: it presented us with culture, with thought as something justified in itself, that is, which requires no justification but is valid by it's own essence, whatever its concrete employment and content maybe. Human life was to put itself at the service of culture because only thus would it become charged with value. From which it would follow that human life, our pure existence was, in itself, a mean and worthless thing.”
José Ortega y Gasset, The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture and Literature
“just because of its promise of unlimited possibilities technology is an empty form like the most formalistic logic and is unable to determine the content of life.that is why our time,being the most intensely technical,is also the emptiest in all human history.”
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