Gaston Bachelard

35Gaston Bachelard Quotes

French Philosopher born on June 27, 1884, died on October 16, 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 (obstacle épistémologique and rupture épistémologique). He rose to some of the most prestigious positions in the Académie française and influenced many subsequent French philosophers, among them Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser, Dominique Lecourt and Jacques Derrida, as well as the sociologist Pierre Bourdieu... (source)

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. view quote

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

The characteristic of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know. view quote

One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it. view quote

To live life well is to express life poorly; if one expresses life too well, one is living it no longer. view quote

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

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

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. view quote

The subconscious is ceaselessly murmuring, and it is by listening to these murmurs that one hears the truth. view quote

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

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