Gaston Bachelard

1884 - 1962

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on observe, dream, reverie, poet, and peace

It is quite evident that a barrier must be cleared in order to escape the psychologists and enter into a realm which is not "auto-observant", where we ourselves no longer divide ourselves into observer and observed. Then the dreamer is completely dissolved in his reverie. His reverie is his silent life. It is that silent peace which the poet wants to convey to us.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 45

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on happiness, memory, communion, soul, and silence

Happy is the man who knows or even the man who remembers those silent vigils where silence itself was the sign of the communion of souls!

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 45

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on words and life

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Sometimes, when I am tired of so many oscillations, I look for refuge in a word which I begin to love for itself. Resting in the heart of words, seeing clearly into the cell of a word, feeling that the word is the seed of a life, a growing dawn... The poet Vandercammen says all that in a line: "A word can be a dawn and even a sure shelter."

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 47

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on night, dream, nightmare, and being

The night dreamer cannot articulate a cogito. The night dream is a dream without a dreamer.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 22

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reverie, dream, poet, and poetry

In living off all the reflecting light furnished by poets, the I which dreams the reverie reveals itself not as poet but as poetizing I.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 22

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on writing, language, reality, book, object, vision, and read

Written language must be considered as a particular psychic reality. The book is permanent; it is an object in your field of vision. It speaks to you with a monotonous authority which even its author would not have. You are fairly obliged to read what is written.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 24

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on book, virtual, and real

The best proof of the specificity of the book is that it is at once a reality of the virtual and a virtuality of the real.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 24

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on poetry, reading, idea, image, discover, book, and memory

Whoever lives for poetry must read everything. How often has the light of a new idea sprung for me from a simple brochure! When one allows himself to be animated by new images, he discovers iridescence in the images of old books. Poetic ages unite in a living memory. The new age awakens the old. The old age comes to live again in the new. Poetry is never as unified as when it diversifies.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 25

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on dream, words, reading, page, meaning, and youth

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the word begin to move around. Stressed accents begin to invert. The word abandons its meaning like an overload which is too heavy and prevents dreaming. Then words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 17

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reverie, word, dream, writing, pen, and page

Doesn't reverie ramify the sentence which has been begun? A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream. If only one could write for himself alone.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 17

Contributed by: Chris

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