Gaston Bachelard

1884 - 1962

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reverie, history, self, and solitude

There are reveries so deep, reveries which help us descend so deeply within ourselves that they rid us of our history. They liberate us from our name. These solitudes of today return us to the original solitudes.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 99

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on childhood, children, men, ache, cosmos, and peace

Childhood knows unhappiness through men. In solitude, it can relax its aches. When the human world leaves him in peace, the child feels like the son of the cosmos.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 99

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on communication, solitude, dream, child, reverie, tranquility, and childhood

How is it possible not to feel that there is communication between our solitude as a dreamer and the solitudes of childhood? And it is no accident that, in a tranquil reverie, we often follow the slope which returns us to our childhood solitudes.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 99

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on childhood, child, solitude, and reverie

Our whole childhood remains to be reimagined. In reimagining it, we have the possibility of recovering it in the very life of our reveries as a solitary child.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 100

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on childhood, poem, and excess

An excess of childhood is the germ of a poem.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 100

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on book, everyday, and life

A book is always an emergence above everyday life. A book is expressed life and thus is an addition to life.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 91

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on feminine and rest

If we did not have a feminine being within us, how would we rest ourselves?

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 92

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on idela, reverie, memory, dream, and love

Nothing is forgotten in the processes of idealization. Reveries of idealization develop, not by letting oneself be taken in by memories, but by constantly dreaming the values of a being whom one would love. And that is the way a great dreamer dreams his double. His magnified double sustains him.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 88

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on book, psychology, beauty, and reader

A book is a human fact; a great book like Seraphita gathers together numerous psychological elements. These elements become coherent through a sort of psychological beauty. It does the reader a service.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 88

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on human, tension, being, division, illusion, and unity

The human being taken in his profound reality as well as in his great tension of becoming is a divided being, a being which divides again, having permitted himself the illusion of unity for barely an instant. He divides and then reunites.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 90

Contributed by: Chris

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