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Quote of Henri Bergson - The idea of the future, pregnant...


Biography - Henri Bergson:

French philosopher.
Born: 1859 - Died: 1941
Period:
20th century
19th century
Place of birth: France
France

The idea of the future, pregnant with an infinity of possibilities, is thus more fruitful than the future itself, and this is why we find more charm in hope than in possession, in dreams than in reality.



Note 

Note



Short form: "The idea of the future is more fruitful than the future itself."


Source: Time and Free Will: An Essay on the Immediate Data of Consciousness

Wikisource - Bergson - Essai sur les données immédiates de la conscience (fr) 




Translation

Translation

(French, German)



French
L'idée de l'avenir, grosse d'une infinité de possibles, est donc plus féconde que l'avenir lui-même, et c'est pourquoi l'on trouve plus de charme à l'espérance qu'à la possession, au rêve qu'à la réalité.

German
Die Idee der Zukunft, die eine Unendlichkeit von Möglichem in ihrem Schoß birgt, ist daher fruchtbarer als die Zukunft und darum wohnt der Hoffnung ein größerer Zauber inne als dem Besitz, dem Traum als der Realität.




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Quotes for: future


Quotes

Quotes about the future:


Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.





Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
Seneca  





As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it.





Man is the future of man.





The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.





The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.











Quotes for: hope


Quotes

Quotes about hope:


In all things it is better to hope than to despair.





Hope stole into my heart against my will.





Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.





Don't despair.





Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.





Love is only known by him who hopelessly persists in love.











Quotes for: dream


Quotes

Quotes for: dream


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.





Who looks outside, dreams who looks inside, awakes.





The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.





Life is a sleep and love is its dream; and you have lived if you have loved.





I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.





Hope is a waking dream.











Quotes for: idea


Quotes

Quotes about idea:


Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it's the only one we have.





The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.





There is something real in ideas, through which the true are distinguished from the false.





An idea is a meteor.





Where does this idea come from? It is like a pair of glasses on our nose through which we see whatever we look at. It never occurs to us to take them off.





For it must not be supposed that merely because the justness of an idea has been proved it can be productive of effective action even on cultivated minds. This fact may be quickly appreciated by noting how slight is the influence of the clearest demonstration on the majority of men.











Quotes for: Infinity


Quotes

Quotes for: Infinity


Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.





Our knowledge can only be finite, while our ignorance must necessarily be infinite.





Music is a mysterious mathematical process whose elements are part of Infinity.





The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.





The infinite and the eternal are the only certainty.





I am incapable of conceiving infinity, and yet I do not accept finity. I want this adventure that is the context of my life to go on without end.







Quotes

Henri Bergson also said...


To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.





All our analyses show us, in life, an effort to remount the incline that matter descends.





To act freely is to retake possession of oneself; it is to place oneself back in pure duration.





Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.





The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.





To choose, and therefore exclude.












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