Gaston Bachelard

1884 - 1962

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on alchemy, alchemist, experiment, word, vocabulary, reverie, exaltation, name, and substance

The psychology of the alchemist is that of reveries trying to constitute themselves in experiments on the exterior world. A double vocabulary must be established between reverie and experiment. The exaltation of the names of substances is the preamble to experiments on the "exalted" substances.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 72

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reverie, substance, birth, life, and spirituality

The spoken reverie of substances calls matter to birth, to life, to spirituality.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 73

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on alchemy, alchemist, anima, animus, soul, world, and conviction

Thanks to his complex convictions, made strong with the forces of animus and anima, the alchemist believes he is seizing the soul of the world, participating in the soul of the world. Thus, from the world to the man, alchemy is a problem of souls.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 77

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reality, imagination, and cosmos

For in the end, the irreality function functions as well in the face of man as in the face of the cosmos. What would we know of others if we did not imagine things?

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 81

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on woman and ideal

It will always be a fact that the woman is the person one idealizes, also the person who wishes his idealization.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 86

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on words, reverie, language, and poetry

We believe we can also show that words do not have exactly the same psychic "weight" depending on whether they belong to the language of reverie or to the language of daylight life--to rested language or language under surveillance--to the language of natural poetry or to the language hammered out by authoritarian prosodies.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 57..58

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on subconscious and truth

The subconscious is ceaselessly murmuring, and it is by listening to these murmurs that one hears its truth.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 59

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reverie, dream, and anima

Here we are at the very core of the thesis we wish to defend in the present essay: reverie is under the sign of the anima. When the reverie is truly profound, the being who comes to dream within us is our anima. For a philosopher who takes his inspiration from phenomenology, a reverie on reverie is very exactly a phenomenology of the anima, and it is by coordinating reveries on reverie that he hopes to constitute a "Poetics of reverie". In other words, the poetics of reverie is a poetics of the anima.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 62

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reverie, image, and happiness

The reverie would not last if it were not nourished by the images of the sweetness of living, by the illusions of happiness.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 64

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reverie and soul

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

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 64

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