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Gaston Bachelard

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Biography : French philosopher.
Born: 1884 - Died: 1962
Period:
20th century
19th century
Place of birth: France
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To be happy, we must consider the happiness of another.
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Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.
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If only these metaphysicians would give their attention to the lengthy discursive processes which lead science to build new intuitions.
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The imagination is nothing other than the subject transported into things.
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To imagine is to raise the real by a tone.
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The dream is stronger than experience.
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Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
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A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language.
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Poetry is one of the destinies of speech... One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language.
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There is no original truth, only original error.
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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.
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The great function of poetry is to give back to us the situations of our dreams.
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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.
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A systematic revolution of basic concepts begins with Einsteinian science. In the very detail of its concepts a relativism of the rational and the empirical is established. Science then undergoes what Nietzsche called "an upheaval of concepts," as if the earth, the universe, things, possessed a different structure from the fact that their explanation rests upon new foundations. All rational organization is "shaken" when the fundamental concepts undergo dialectical transformation.
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