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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on concept, image, science, knowledge, and abstraction

In scientific thought, the concept functions all the better for being cut off from all background images. In its full exercise, the scientific concept is free from all the delays of its genetic evolution, an evolution which is consequently explained by simple psychology. The virility of knowledge increases with each conquest of the constructive abstraction.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 52

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on image, reverie, imagination, and objectivity

The image can only be studied through the image, by dreaming images as they gather in reverie. It is a non-sense to claim to study imagination objectively since one really receives the image only if he admires it. Already in comparing one image to another, one runs the risk of losing participation in its individuality.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 53

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on poetry, reading, idea, image, discover, book, and memory

Whoever lives for poetry must read everything. How often has the light of a new idea sprung for me from a simple brochure! When one allows himself to be animated by new images, he discovers iridescence in the images of old books. Poetic ages unite in a living memory. The new age awakens the old. The old age comes to live again in the new. Poetry is never as unified as when it diversifies.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 25

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A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on memory, childhood, image, dream, and reverie

If there is any realm where distinction is especially difficult, it is the realm of childhood memories, the realm of beloved images harbored in memory since childhood. These memories which live by the image and in virtue of the image become, at certain times of our lives and particularly during the quiet age, the origin and matter of a complex reverie: the memory dreams, and reverie remembers.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 20

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Swami Vivekananda on divine and image

“We say that if a temple, or a symbol, or an image helps you to realize the Divine within, you are welcome to it. Have two hundred images if you like. If certain forms and formulas help you to realize the Divine, God speed you; have, by all means, whatever forms, temples, whatever ceremonies you want to bring you nearer to God. But do not quarrel about them; the moment you quarrel, you are not going Godward, you are going backward towards the brutes."     

Swami Vivekananda

Source: Vedanta Temple, Montecito

Contributed by: Eve

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