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 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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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on irony

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Irony gives us, at little expense, the impression that we are experienced psychologists.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 69

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on metaphor and image

The metaphor is~ an origin, the origin of an image which acts directly, immediately.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 70

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on self, noun, and dignity

What action could bodies and substances have if they were not named in a further increase of dignity where common nouns become proper nouns?

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 71

Contributed by: Chris

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