Gaston Bachelard

1884 - 1962

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on language, poetry, and reading

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.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on hope, ideas, inventions, kindness, and past

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.

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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.

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on adulthood, life, poets, and world

Childhood lasts all through life. It returns to animate broad sections of adult life. . . . Poets will help us to find this living childhood within us, this permanent, durable immobile world.

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on books, imagination, and literature

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on creation, desires, and needs

Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on future, language, poetry, and speech

Poetry is one of the destinies of speech. . . . One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language.

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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.

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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.

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