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.
Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
The characteristic of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know.
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.
Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
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.
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