Henri Bergson

1859 - 1941

A Quote by Henri Louis Bergson on intelligence

Intelligence . . . is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools.

Henri Bergson (1859 - 1941)

Source: L'Evolution Créatrice (Creative Evolution), 1907, ch. 1

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A Quote by Henri Louis Bergson on children and trying

Is it astonishing that, like children trying to catch smoke by closing their hands, philosophers so often see the object they would grasp fly before them?

Henri Bergson (1859 - 1941)

Source: An Introduction to Metaphysics, 1903

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A Quote by Henri Louis Bergson on faith, kindness, meaning, originality, and poetry

All the translations of a poem in all possible languages may add nuance to nuance and, by a kind of mutual retouching, by correcting one another, may give an increasingly faithful picture of the poem they translate, yet they will never give the inner meaning of the original.

Henri Bergson (1859 - 1941)

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A Quote by Henri Louis Bergson on belief, direction, endurance, ideas, losing, philosophy, time, trouble, and truth

I believe that the time given to refutation in philosophy is usually time lost. Of the many attacks directed by many thinkers against each other, what now remains? Nothing, or assuredly very little. That which counts and endures is the modicum of positive truth which each contributes. The true statement is, of itself, able to displace the erroneous idea, and becomes, without our having taken the trouble of refuting anyone, the best of refutations.

Henri Bergson (1859 - 1941)

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A Quote by Henri Louis Bergson on past and present

The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.

Henri Bergson (1859 - 1941)

Source: L'Evolution Créatrice (Creative Evolution), 1907, ch. 1

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A Quote by Henri Louis Bergson on nature, observation, and order

Thus to seek with ready-made concepts to penetrate into the inmost nature of things is to apply to the mobility of the real a method created in order to give stationary points of observation on it. . . .

Henri Bergson (1859 - 1941)

Source: An Introduction to Metaphysics, 1903

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A Quote by Henri Louis Bergson on borrowing, freedom, and spirit

Spirit borrows from matter the perceptions on which it feeds and restores them to matter in the form of movements which it has stamped with its own freedom.

Henri Bergson (1859 - 1941)

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A Quote by Henri Louis Bergson on action, art, personality, personality, and work

We are free when our actions emanate from our total personality, when they express it, when they resemble it in the indefinable way a work of art sometimes does the artist.

Henri Bergson (1859 - 1941)

Source: Essai sur les Données Immédiates de la Conscience, 1899; Time and Free Will, 1910

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A Quote by Henri Louis Bergson on acceptance, art, facts, order, practicality, and reality

Art has no other object than to set aside the symbols of practical utility, the generalities that are conventionally and socially accepted, everything in fact which masks reality from us, in order to set us face to face with reality itself.

Henri Bergson (1859 - 1941)

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