Gaston Bachelard

1884 - 1962

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on solitude, dream, and memory

A pretext--not a cause--is sufficient for us to enter the "solitary situation", the situation of the dreaming solitude. In this solitude, memories arrange themselves in tableaux. Decor takes precedence over drama. Sad memories take on at least the peace of melancholy.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 14

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on dream, passion, life, night, and solitude

The dream remains overloaded with the badly lived passions of daytime life. Solitude in the nocturnal dream is always a hostility. It is strange. It isn't really our solitude.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 14

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reverie, soul, solitary, love, and loving

The reveries of two solitary souls prepare the sweetness of loving.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 8

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reverie, sleep, subconscious, and being

It is a poor reverie which invites a nap. One must even wonder whether, in this "failing asleep", the subconscious itself does not undergo a decline in being.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 10

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on comparison and quality

Any comparison diminishes the expressive qualities of the terms of the comparison.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 7

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on dream, reverie, communicate, writing, emotion, love, soul, and poetry

In contrast to a dream a reverie cannot be recounted. To be communicated, it must be written, written with emotion and taste, being relived all the more strongly because it is being written down. Here, we are touching the realm of written love. It is going out of fashion, but the benefits remain. There are still souls for whom love is the contact of two poetries, the fusion of two reveries.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 7

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on love, expression, poetry, and dream

Love is never finished expressing itself, and it expresses itself better the more poetically it is dreamed.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 8

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on phenomenology, reverie, consciousness, and dreaming

By following "the path of reverie"--a constantly downhill path--consciousness relaxes and wanders--and consequently becomes clouded. So it is never the right time, when one is dreaming, to "do phenomenology."

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 5

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on awareness, consciousness, and human

In our view any awareness is an increment to consciousness, an added light, a reinforcement of psychic coherence. Its swiftness or instantaneity can hide this growth from us. But there is a growth of being in every instance of awareness. Consciousness is in itself an act, the human act.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 5

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on reverie, poetry, consciousness, writing, and composition

The reverie we intend to study is poetic reverie. This is a reverie which poetry puts on the right track, the track an expanding consciousness follows. This reverie is written, or, at least, promises to be written. It is already facing the great universe of the blank page. Then images begin to compose and fall into place.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 6

Contributed by: Chris

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