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Hatred is a feeling which leads to the extinction of values.
– Jose Ortega y Gasset
Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.
Youth does not require reasons for living, it only needs pretexts.
We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create.
Living is a constant process of deciding what we are going to do.
Being an artist means ceasing to take seriously that very serious person we are when we are not an artist.
We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself.
Rancor is an outpouring of a feeling of inferiority.
We do not live to think, but, on the contrary, we think in order that we may succeed in surviving.
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.
To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.
The difficulties which I meet with in order to realize my existence are precisely what awaken and mobilize my activities, my capacities.
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.
Under the species of Syndicalism and Fascism there appears for the first time in Europe a type of man who does not want to give reasons or to be right, but simply shows himself resolved to impose his opinions.
The good is, like nature, an immense landscape in which man advances through centuries of exploration.
Law is born from despair of human nature.
The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.
The essence of man is, discontent, divine discontent; a sort of love without a beloved, the ache we feel in a member we no longer have.
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.
We cannot put off living until we are ready.
Biography – a system in which the contradictions of a human life are unified.
An ‘unemployed’ existence is a worse negation of life than death itself.
I am I plus my circumstances.
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.
Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else.
The poet begins where the man ends. The man’s lot is to live his human life, the poet’s to invent what is nonexistent.