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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.
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Children
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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.
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Writers
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There is no original truth, only original error.
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Mistakes
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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.
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Home
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To live life well is to express life poorly; if one expresses life too well, one is living it no longer.
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Life
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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.
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Ideas
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Two half philosophers will probably never a whole metaphysician make.
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Metaphysics
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Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Literature
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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.
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Ideas
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Man is an imagining being.
-: [ La poétique de la rêverie (The Poetics of Reverie) (1960) Ch. 2, sect. 10 ]
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Imagination
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The characteristic of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know.
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Progress
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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.
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Sleep
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The words of the world want to make sentences.
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Words
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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.
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Books
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Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.
-: [ The Psychoanalysis of Fire, ch. 2, "Fire and Reverie" (1938) ]
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Desire
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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.
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Dreams
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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.
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Poetry
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Barbarism is the natural state of mankind. Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph.
-: [ "Beyond the Black River" (1935) ]
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Civilization
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I can see much to admire in all religions [...] But whether there be a God and whatever be His nature; whether we have an immortal soul or not, or whatever may be our state after death, I can have no fear of having to suffer for the study of nature and the search for truth.
-: [ Letter to a relative, (1861), as quoted on en.wikiquote.org ]
~ Gaston Bachelard | (French Philosopher and Poet ) | 1884-1962 | Religion
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