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Civilization is nothing more than the effort to reduce the use of force to the last resort.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset | Civilization Quotes
What makes a nation great is not primarily its great men, but the stature of its innumerable mediocre ones.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset | Patriotism and Nationalism Quotes
Man adapts himself to everything, to the best and the worst.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset | Acceptance Quotes
Man has to live with the body and soul which have fallen to him by chance.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset | Self-Acceptance Quotes
The past will not tell us what we ought to do, but... what we ought to avoid.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset | The Past Quotes
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 | The Present Quotes
Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect; they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset | Creating Positive Change Quotes
All life is the struggle, the effort to be itself.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset | Right Quotes
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 | Right Quotes
To live means to have ... a mission to fulfill-and in the measure in which we avoid setting our life to something, we make it empty.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset | Goals Quotes
Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset | Goals Quotes
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 | Success Quotes
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 | Adversity Quotes


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