Gaston Bachelard Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Gaston Bachelard quotes, Gaston Bachelard sayings, and Gaston Bachelard proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.'

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. Gaston Bachelard
Childhood lasts all through life. Gaston Bachelard
The characteristic of scientific progress is our knowing that we did not know. Gaston Bachelard
Poetry is one of the destinies of speech... One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language. Gaston Bachelard
The words of the world want to make sentences. Gaston Bachelard
Daydream transports the dreamer outside the immediate world to a world that bears the mark of infinity. Gaston Bachelard
The metaphor is an origin, the origin of an image which acts directly, immediately. Gaston Bachelard
By listening to certain words as a child listens to the sea in a seashell, a word dreamer hears the murmur of a world of dreams. Gaston Bachelard
Cosmic reveries separate us from project reveries. They situate us in a world and not in a society. The cosmic reverie possesses a sort of stability or tranquility. It helps us escape time. It is a state. Gaston Bachelard
A man is a man to the extent that he is a superman. A man should be defined by the sum of those tendencies which impel him to surpass the human condition. Gaston Bachelard
One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it. Gaston Bachelard
Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy.... aerial joy is freedom. Gaston Bachelard
The poetic image is not an echo of the past. On the contrary: through the brilliance of any image, the distant past resounds with echoes. Gaston Bachelard
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. Gaston Bachelard
A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language. Gaston Bachelard
How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream. Gaston Bachelard
Ideas are refined and multiplied in the commerce of minds. In their splendor, images affect a very simple communion of souls. Gaston Bachelard