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All Quotes by author - 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. "
" An idea is a putting truth in check-mate. "
" An 'unemployed' existence is a worse negation of life than death itself. "
" A revolution only lasts fifteen years, a period which coincides with the effectiveness of a generation. "
" Barbarism is the absence of standards to which appeal can be made. "
" Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist. "
" 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. "
" Biography - a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified. "
" Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt. "
" Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do. "
" For the person for whom small things do not exist, the great is not great. "
" Hatred is a feeling which leads to the extinction of values. "
" I am I plus my circumstances. "
" 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. "
" Law is born from despair of human nature. "
" 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 a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be. "
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" Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do. "
" Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else. "
" Poetry is adolescence fermented, and thus preserved. "
" Rancor is an outpouring of a feeling of inferiority. "
" Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are. "
" 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. "
" The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities. "
" 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. "
" The good is, like nature, an immense landscape in which man advances through centuries of exploration. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" There is but one way left to save a classic; to give up revering him and use him for our own salvation. "
" 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. "
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