Quotes by Gaston Bachelard

Gaston Bachelard

Gaston Bachelard

French scientist and philosopher

Alive from: 1884-1962

Category: Philosophers | Science

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    The words of the world want to make sentences.
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    A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.
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    A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.
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    Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event.
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    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.
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    Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.
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    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.
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    Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
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    Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.
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    Man is an imagining being.
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    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.
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    Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.
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    The characteristic of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know.
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    The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows.
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    There is no original truth, only original error.
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