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 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

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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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