Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)
Contributed by: Zaady
Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.
Poetry is one of the destinies of speech. . . . One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language.
Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.
To live life well is to express life poorly; if one expresses life too well, one is living it no longer.
So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.
One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it. To remain in touch with the past requires a love of memory. To remain in touch with the past requires a constant imaginative effort.
To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
Ideas are invented only as correctives to the past. Through repeated rectifications of this kind one may hope to disengage an idea that is valid.
Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.
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