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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 in Life, Direction, Live

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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

Law is born from despair of human nature.

Jose Ortega y Gasset

Poetry is adolescence fermented, and thus preserved.

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

I am I plus my circumstances.

Jose Ortega y Gasset

An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.

Jose Ortega y Gasset

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

Jose Ortega y Gasset

We have need of history in its entirety, not to fall back into it, but to see if we can escape from it.

Jose Ortega y Gasset

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

Jose Ortega y Gasset

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

Jose Ortega y Gasset

The good is, like nature, an immense landscape in which man advances through centuries of exploration.

Jose Ortega y Gasset

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

Jose Ortega y Gasset

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

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