33 Total Quotes

Gaston Bachelard Quotes

So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher #Childhood

The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher #Body

Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher #Mind

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.
Gaston Bachelard
#Childhood

The great function of poetry is to give back to us the situations of our dreams.
Gaston Bachelard
#Dreams #French Philosopher

Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher #Creation

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher

One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher #Past

Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the word begin to move around. Stressed accents begin to invert. The word abandons its meaning like an overload which is too heavy and prevents dreaming. Then words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young. And the words wander away, looking in the nooks and crannies of vocabulary for new company, bad company.
Gaston Bachelard
#Words

A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.
Gaston Bachelard
#Writers And Writing

To live life well is to express life poorly; if one expresses life too well, one is living it no longer.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher

If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher

The characteristic of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher

Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images effect a very simple communion of souls.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher #Ideas

A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher

Ideas are invented only as correctives to the past. Through repeated rectification of this kind one may hope to disengage an idea that is valid.
Gaston Bachelard
#Ideas

There is no original truth, only original error.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher

Man is an imagining being.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher

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
#Love #Memory

The words of the world want to make sentences.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher

Two half philosophers will probably never a whole metaphysician make.
Gaston Bachelard
#French Philosopher