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Jose Ortega Y Gasset Quotes

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

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

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

An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.

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 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 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.

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.