Jose Ortega y Gasset Quotes

Most popular Jose Ortega y Gasset Quotes

I am I and my circumstance.
— Jose Ortega y Gasset
To wonder is to begin to understand.
— Jose Ortega y Gasset


Hatred is a feeling which leads to the extinction of values.


Life must be dedicated to a destiny in order to have meaning.
— Jose Ortega y Gasset

purpose of life

The metaphor is probably the most fertile power possessed by man.


Barbarism is the absence of standards to which appeal can be made.
Thinking is the endeavor to capture reality by the means of ideas.


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


Civilization is nothing else than the attempt to reduce force to being the last resort.
— Jose Ortega y Gasset


Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect; they mark our limitations and our bounds.
— Jose Ortega y Gasset


Patriotism is not so much protecting the land of our fathers as preserving the land of our children.
— Jose Ortega y Gasset


Life is a petty thing unless there is pounding within it an enormous desire to extend its boundaries.


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


The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities.


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


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.

genius inspirational

We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its coerciveness: it is always urgent, 'here and now,' without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank.
— Jose Ortega y Gasset


He who wishes to teach us a truth should not tell it to us, but simply suggest it with a brief gesture, a gesture which starts an ideal trajectory in the air along which we glide until we find ourselves at the feet of the new truth.

teaching truth

There is but one way left to save a classic: to give up revering him and use him for our own salvation—that is, to lay aside his classicism, to bring him close to us, to make him contemporary, to set his pulse going again with an injection of blood from our own veins, whose ingredients are our passions...and our problems [ellipsis in original].