Gaston Bachelard

(1884-1962 / Bar-sur-Aube)

Gaston Bachelard Quotes

  • ''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 (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "Introduction," sct. 6, The Poetics of Reverie (1960, trans. 1969).
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  • ''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 (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "The House," ch. 1, The Poetics of Space (1958, trans. 1964).
  • ''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 (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "The Phoenix, a Linguistic Phenomenon," ch. 1, Fragments of a Poetics of Fire (1988, trans. 1990).
  • ''The words of the world want to make sentences.''
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. The Poetics of Reverie, ch. 5, sct. 4 (1960, trans. 1969).
  • ''Man is an imagining being.''
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. The Poetics of Reverie, ch. 2, sct. 10 (1960, trans. 1969).
  • ''Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.''
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. The Poetics of Reverie, ch. 2, sct. 3 (1960, trans. 1969).
  • ''The subconscious is ceaselessly murmuring, and it is by listening to these murmurs that one hears the truth.''
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. The Poetics of Reverie, ch. 2, sct. 2 (1960, trans. 1969).
  • ''Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.''
    Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. The Psychoanalysis of Fire, ch. 2, "Fire and Reverie," (1938).

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