French writer and philosopher (1884-1962)
Gaston Bachelard was a French philosopher. He made contributions in the fields of poetics and the philosophy of science. To the latter, he introduced the concepts of epistemological obstacle and epistemological break. He influenced many subsequent French philosophers, among them Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser, Dominique Lecourt and Jacques Derrida, as well as the sociologists Pierre Bourdieu and Bruno Latour.
Gaston Bachelard Quotes
A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.
The great function of poetry is to give back to us the situations of our dreams.
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.
Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
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.
To live life well is to express life poorly; if one expresses life too well, one is living it no longer.
Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.
Reverie is not a mind vacuum. It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.
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.
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.
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