Henri Bergson

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  • ''The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.''
    Henri Bergson (1859-1941), French philosopher. Creative Evolution, ch. 1, sct.1 (1907). Spinoza had earlier observed, in Ethics, pt. 1 (1677), "The knowledge of effect depends on the knowledge of cause, and involves the same."
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  • ''To perceive means to immobilize ... we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself.''
    Henri Bergson (1859-1941), French philosopher. Matter and Memory, ch. 4, sct. 4 (1896, trans. 1911).
  • ''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), French philosopher. "Summary and Conclusion," sct. 9, Matter and Memory (1896, trans. 1988). Last sentence.

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