Gaston Bachelard

1884 - 1962

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 concept, image, imagination, and stability

Perhaps it is even a good idea to stir up a rivalry between conceptual and imaginative activity. In any case, one will encounter nothing but disappointments if he intends to make them cooperate. The image can not provide matter for a concept. By giving stability to the image, the concept would stifle its life.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 52

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on concept, image, science, knowledge, and abstraction

In scientific thought, the concept functions all the better for being cut off from all background images. In its full exercise, the scientific concept is free from all the delays of its genetic evolution, an evolution which is consequently explained by simple psychology. The virility of knowledge increases with each conquest of the constructive abstraction.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 52

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on image, reverie, imagination, and objectivity

The image can only be studied through the image, by dreaming images as they gather in reverie. It is a non-sense to claim to study imagination objectively since one really receives the image only if he admires it. Already in comparing one image to another, one runs the risk of losing participation in its individuality.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 53

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on conscience, work, and life

A clear conscience is, for me, an occupied conscience--never empty--the conscience of a man at work until his last breath.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 53..54

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on words, dreams, and poetry

By listening to certain words as a child listens to the sea in a seashell, a word dreamer hears the murmur of a world of dreams.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 49

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on writing, childhood, and dream

In order to dream so far, is it enough to read? Isn't it necessary to write? Write as in our schoolboy past, in those days when, as Bonnoure says, the letters wrote themselves one by one, either in their gibbosity or else in their pretentious elegance? In those days, spelling was a drama, our drama of culture at work in the interior of a word.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 50

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on object, force, industry, and individual

In our life as a civilized person in the industrial age, we are invaded by objects; how could an object have a "force" when it no longer has individuality?

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 36

Contributed by: Chris

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