Gaston Bachelard Quotes

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

Gaston Bachelard

True poetry is a function of awakening. It awakens us, but it must retain the memory of previous dreams.

Gaston Bachelard

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

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

Gaston Bachelard

A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.

Gaston Bachelard

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

Gaston Bachelard

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

The human being taken in his profound reality as well as in his great tension of becoming is a divided being, a being which divides again, having permitted himself the illusion of unity for barely an instant. He divides and then reunites.

Gaston Bachelard

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

Gaston Bachelard

The world is intense before becoming complex.

Gaston Bachelard

Two half philosophers will probably never a whole metaphysician make.

Gaston Bachelard

One must always maintain ones 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

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.

Gaston Bachelard

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

There is no original truth, only original error.

Gaston Bachelard

Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.

Gaston Bachelard
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