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

— Jose-Ortega-y-Gasset

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

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To remain in the past means to be dead.

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

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The characteristic note of our time is the dire truth that, the mediocre soul, the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be mediocre, has the gall to assert its right to mediocrity, and goes on to impose itself where it can.

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In the disturbances caused by scarcity of food, the mob goes in search of bread, and the means it employs is generally to wreck the bakeries. This may serve as a symbol of the attitude adopted, on a greater and more complicated scale, by the masses of today towards the civilization by which they are supported ... Civilization is not "just here," it is not self-supporting.

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The only thing that interests the physicist is finding out on what assumptions a framework of things can be constructed which will enable us to know how to use them mechanically. Physics, as I have said on another occasion, is the technique of techniques and the ars combinatoria for fabricating machines. It is a knowledge which has scarcely anything to do with comprehension.

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

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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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Next time we will look at this from a much more basic point of view and one antedating all zoology, which, glimpsed only a little after my twentieth year, made write in those days that what is most valuable in man is his eternal and almost divine discontent, a discontent which is a kind of love without a beloved, and like an ache which we feel in members of our body that we do not have. Man is the only being that misses he has never had. And the whole of what we miss, without ever having had it, is never what we call happiness. From this one could start a meditation on happiness, an analysis of that strange condition which makes man the only being who is unhappy for the very reason that he needs to be happy. That is, because he needs to be what he is not.

— Jose-Ortega-y-Gasset

Yo soy yo y mi circunstancia, y si no la salvo a ella no me salvo yo.

— Jose-Ortega-y-Gasset

I am me and my circumstance

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Men play at tragedy because they do not believe in the reality of the tragedy which is actually being staged in the civilised world.

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For the first time after so many years I come back to cry aloud in the desert. Because this is the mission of the intellectual who is truly a prophet-to cry in the desert. The greatest of the prophets, Isaiah, made it notable, of course, when he spoke of himself as the voice of one "crying in the wilderness." Because the mission of the intellectual is to be the man who, from his desert, his basic solitude-and man is only man amid his truth, only himself when he is alone-cries aloud to others and invites them to each into his own solitude.

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When this reality, the one and only power that checks and disciplines man from within, vanishes because belief in it is slackening, the social domain falls prey to passions. The ensuing vacuum is filled by the gas of emotion. Everyone proclaims what best suits his interests, his whims, his intellectual manias. To escape the void and the perplexities of his own soul, a man will rush to join any party standard that is being carried through the streets. With society gone there remain only parties.

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