Gaston Bachelard

1884 - 1962

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on senses, harmony, reverie, poetry, and consciousness

All the senses awaken and fall into harmony in poetic reverie. Poetic reverie listens to this polyphony of the senses, and the poetic consciousness must record it.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 6

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on psychologist, poet, inspiration, genius, esperience, phenomena, objective, and observation

Of course, a psychologist would find it more direct to study the inspired poet. He would make concrete studies of inspiration in individual geniuses. But for all that, would he experience the phenomena of inspiration? His human documentation gathered from inspired poets could hardly be related, except from the exterior, in an ideal of objective observations. Comparison of inspired poets would soon make us lose sight of inspiration.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 6..7

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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 gifts, mind, reverie, and soul

Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on life

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To live life well is to express life poorly; if one expresses life too well, one is living it no longer.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

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