Josť Ortega y Gasset

Spain
9 May 1883 // 18 Oct 1955
Philosopher

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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
We do not live to think, but, on the contrary, we think in order that we may succeed in surviving
To live is to feel oneself lost
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
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 difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities
Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are
Stupefaction, when it persists, becomes stupidity
Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect, they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a pretty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries
Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else
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