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José Ortega y Gasset
Spanish writer and philosopher
(1883-1955)



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I am I plus my surroundings. If I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself.
-- Meditaciones del Quijote (Meditations on Quixote) (1914)

The man who discovers a new scientific truth has previously had to smash to atoms almost everything he had learnt, and arrives at the new truth with hands bloodstained from the slaughter of a thousand platitudes.
-- La Rebelión de las Masas (The Revolt of the Masses) (1930)

We have need of history in its entirety, no to fall back into it, but to see if we can escape it.
-- La Rebelión de las Masas (The Revolt of the Masses) (1930)

We live at a time when man believes himself fabulously capable of creation, but he does not know what to create.
-- La Rebelión de las Masas (The Revolt of the Masses) (1930)

Who is it that exercises social power today? Who imposes his own mind on the period? Without a doubt, the man of the middle class.
-- La Rebelión de las Masas (The Revolt of the Masses) (1930)


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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