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A collection of thoughts and quotations by José Ortega Y Gasset on philosophy, love, success, personality, survival and life.

35 Notable Quotes By José Ortega Y Gasset, The Great Spanish Philosopher

Famous As: Philosopher, Educationist, Writer, University teacher, Sociologist, Mathematician, Literary critic

Born On: May 9, 1883

Died On: October 18, 1955

Born In: Madrid

Died At Age: 72

The great Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist, José Ortega y Gasset was famous for his influence on the cultural and literary renaissance of Spain in the twentieth century. He had made vivid contributions to subjects like psychology, Metaphysics and Philosophy. As a writer, ‘The Revolt of the Masses’, is considered to be his most popular work. Ortega worked on the ideas of the early twentieth century philosophers, and put them to use in his era, stating that his philosophy was based on ‘vital reason’. His philosophy was classified as the ‘Philosophy of Life’, and the lessons in his teachings made it more appealing. He had also served as a deputy for the ‘Province of León’, by being a part of the ‘Agrupación al Servicio de la Repúblic’ group. He exiled from Spain on the outbreak of the ‘Civil War’ and then returned to give lecture at the ‘Institute of Humanities’ in Madrid that he had founded. Many of his thoughts, writings, and essays have become very relevant sayings and quotes on several aspects of lifel. His works, quotations and thoughts still serve as a source of inspiration in hours of distress. Here is a collection of some of José Ortega Y Gasset's quotes!

Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.

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The type of human being we prefer reveals the contours of our heart.

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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.

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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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Romantic poses aside, let us recognize that "falling in love"...is an inferior state of mind, a form of transitory imbecility.

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The metaphor is probably the most fertile power possessed by man

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We do not live to think, but, on the contrary, we think in order that we may succeed in surviving.

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There is no doubt; even a rejection can be the shadow of a caress”.

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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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Thinking is the desire to gain reality by means of ideas.

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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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Tragedy in the theater opens our eyes so that we can discover and appreciate the heroic in reality.

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To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.

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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.

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I am I and my circumstance; and, if I do not save it, I do not save myself.

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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.

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Persistent ill-humour is all too clear an indication that someone is living contrary to his[her] intended purpose.

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Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.

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There are, above all, times in which the human reality, always mobile, accelerates, and bursts into vertiginous speeds. Our time is such a one, for it is made of descent and fall.

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The abstract is no more than an instrument, an organ, to see the concrete clearly.

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I am myself and my circumstance. I live therefore I think.

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…falling in love is a state of mental misery which has a restricting, impoverishing, and paralyzing effect upon the development of our consciousness.

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Man's real treasure is the treasure of his mistakes, piled up stone by stone through thousands of years

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The existence of language is, in a way, a continual denigration of words.

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Nine-tenths of that which is attributed to sexuality is the work of our magnificent ability to imagine, which is no longer an instinct, but exactly the opposite: a creation.

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Man,then, rather than by what he he is,or by what he has,escapes the zooological scale by what he does,by his conduct.hence it is that he must always keep watch on himself.

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

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[...] rationalism is a form of intellectual bigotry which, in thinking about reality, tries to take it into account as little as possible.

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The combinations of these two elements, enchantment and surrender, is, then, essential to the love which we are discussing... What exists in love is surrender due to enchantment.

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I have long since learned, as a measure of elementary hygiene, to be on guard when anyone quotes Pascal.

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