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Jose Ortega Y Gasset Quotes

Let these quotes by Jose Ortega Y Gasset help you to have a positive attitude toward life, and to think positively.

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

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

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Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.
- 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

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

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

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

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

Law is born from despair of human nature.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Youth does not require reasons for living,
it only needs pretexts.
- 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

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

To live is to feel oneself lost.
- 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

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

An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.
- 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

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

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

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

I hope that you walk around the corner
and you get very surprised.
- Miranda Richardson

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

When we got into office, the thing
that surprised me most
was to find that things were just as bad
as we'd been saying they were.
- John F. Kennedy

There is no greater evidence of superior intelligence
than to be surprised at nothing.
- Josh Billings

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

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

It's always better to deliver the news yourself rather
than allow your boss to be surprised.
- Mary Cheney

The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often
very much surprised himself.
- Voltaire

If you expect nothing, you're apt to be surprised.
You'll get it.
- Malcolm Forbes

We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven.
God has a soft spot for sinners.
His standards are quite low.
- Desmond Tutu

It's always good to have no expectations when you see a film.
Then you can be pleasantly disappointed or surprised.
- Bill Paxton

People are surprised at how down-to-earth I am.
I like to stay home on Friday nights and listen to
'The Art of Happiness' by the Dalai Lama.
- Carmen Electra

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

I wouldn't be surprised if some day,
they put the Simpsons in the Smithsonian.
It's become part of our culture, those characters.
- Joe Mantegna

I guess what's most surprised me in most of the reviews
is that they don't seem to get the noir story in the dream sequence,
so they analyze it like a straight noir movie.
- Brian De Palma

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

They managed to find time...
to tell me that there was no chance of my being accepted
for service and that really I should be surprised to still be alive.
- C. S. Forester

Expect the best, plan for the worst,
and prepare to be surprised.
- Denis Waitley

They really can't imagine what my voice is like.
Every time I sing a song, they are very surprised.
- Coco Lee

People would be surprised to know how much I learned
about prayer from playing poker.
- Mary Austin

My dear doctor, I am surprised to hear you say that
I am coughing very badly,
as I have been practising all night.
- John Philpot Curran

I like to be surprised.
Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds.
Characters develop backgrounds, adding depth and feeling.
Writing feels like exploring.
- David Brin

Since a politician never believes what he says,
he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
- Charles de Gaulle

So, it didn't do well.
But now when I talk to kids who are first seeing it,
they're surprised to hear the movie failed at the box office.
Sometimes that's what happens.
- David Zucker

The wicked are always surprised to find ability in the good.
- Luc de Clapier

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

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

What I say now is that the way the world underestimates
me will be my greatest weapon.
People pat me on the head, and I go to myself,
oh, and aren't they going to be surprised.
- Calista Flockhart

You'd be surprised how difficult it is relinquish a cell phone.
- Adrien Brody

I had years of partying, and I was kind of surprised
and happy I survived it all.
Now, being a parent, I look back on it thinking,
Oh God, the things you did!
- Jeff Bridges

It always surprised me that I was getting acting work.
- Mary Lynn Rajskub

I was surprised by how much I like being a father;
surprised at what a decent father I am,
because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to dump my selfishness.
- Michael Zaslow

You'd be surprised how many kids and young people come
to the website and send me email that they are actually
going into the Marine Corp because of something that I said or did.
- R. Lee Ermey

When you kill 500,000 children in order to impose your will on other countries,
then you shouldn't be surprised when somebody responds in kind.
- Ward Churchill

I mean, I'm pretty good in real life,
but sometimes people seem surprised that I'm like a
normal teenager and wear black nail polish and I'm
just a little bit more edgy than the person I play on television.
- Brittany Snow

Part of being an artist is being willing to be shocked,
being willing to be surprised, being willing to be hurt.
- Holly Near


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