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Gaston Bachelard Quotes

(1884-1962), French Scientist, Philosopher, Literary Theorist

To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.

Category: Books And Reading

Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event.

Category: Children

Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.

Category: Desire

Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.

Category: Dreams

If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.

Category: Home

Ideas are invented only as correctives to the past. Through repeated rectification of this kind one may hope to disengage an idea that is valid.

Category: Ideas

Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.

Category: Ideas

Man is an imagining being.

Category: Imagination

A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.

Category: Language

To live life well is to express life poorly; if one expresses life too well, one is living it no longer.

Category: Life And Living

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.

Category: Literature

Two half philosophers will probably never a whole metaphysician make.

Category: Metaphysics

There is no original truth, only original error.

Category: Mistakes

One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it. To remain in touch with the past requires a love of memory. To remain in touch with the past requires a constant imaginative effort.

Category: Past

The characteristic of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know.

Category: Progress