Gaston Bachelard

1884 - 1962

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

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on translation, description, and language

This word "description" may be disconcerting when used to refer to what is generally called a translation. But when one wishes to render a verbal creation (as opposed to a didactic statement) from one language to another, he is confronted with two equally unsatisfactory choices. He may, according to his talents, elaborate a similar, but never identical creation, or he may describe that creation as completely as possible in his own language.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: vi..vii

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on poetry and thinking

One doesn't read poetry while thinking of other things.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 4

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on empiricism, description, subject, and object

Empirical description involves enslavement to the object by decreeing passivity on the part of the subject.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 4

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on intention, poetry, imagination, soul, and consciousness

It is through the intentionality of poetic imagination that the poet's soul discovers the opening of consciousness common to all true poetry.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 5

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on psychic, phenomena, reverie, time, attention, memory, real, and unreal

Reverie is commonly classified among the phenomena of psychic detente. It is lived out in a relaxed time which has no linking force. Since it functions with inattention, it is often without memory. It is a flight from out of the real that does not always find a consistent unreal world.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 5

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on words and world

The words of the world want to make sentences.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on ideas, simplicity, and soul

Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on progress and science

The characteristic of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

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