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    To perceive means to immobilize... we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: perception 
     
    In reality, the past is preserved by itself automatically.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: reality  past 
     
    Thus to seek with ready-made concepts to penetrate into the inmost nature of things is to apply to the mobility of the real a method created in order to give stationary points of observation on it. . . .
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: nature  real 
     
    Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: laughter 
     
    The motive power of democracy is love
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: power  democracy 
     
    An absolute can only be given in an intuition, while all the rest has to do with analysis. We call intuition here the sympathy by which one is transported into the interior of an object in order to coincide with what there is unique andconsequently inexpressible in it. Analysis, on the contrary, is the operation which reduces the object to elements already known.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: intuition 
     
    The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: past  present 
     
    Art has no other object than to set aside the symbols of practical utility, the generalities that are conventionally and socially accepted, everything in fact which masks reality from us, in order to set us face to face with reality itself.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: reality  facts 
     
    Only those ideas that are least truly ours can be adequately expressed in words.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: ideas 
     
    Intelligence is characterized by a natural incomprehension of life.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: intelligence 
     
    Religion is to mysticism what popularization is to science
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: mysticism 
     
    Sex-appeal is the keynote of our whole civilization.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: civilization 
     
    It is with our entire past ... that we desire, will and act ... from this survival of the past it follows that consciousness cannot go through the same state twice. The circumstances may still be the same, but they will act no longer on the same person ... that is why our duration is irreversible.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: desires  people  past  survival 
     
    We are free when our actions emanate from our total personality, when they express it, when they resemble it in the indefinable way a work of art sometimes does the artist.
    — Henri Bergson
    If reality impacted directly on our senses and our consciousness, if we could have direct communication between the material world and ourselves, art would be unnecessary.
    — Henri Bergson
    Homo sapiens, the only creature endowed with reason, is also the only creature to pin its existence on things unreasonable.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: existence 
     
    There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator. The triumph of life is expressed by creation.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: joy  creation  oneself 
     
    Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: men  thoughts  action 
     
    Some other faculty than the intellect is necessary for the apprehension of reality.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: reality 
     
    Intuition is a method of feeling one's way intellectually into the inner heart of a thing, in order to locate what is unique and inexpressible in it. If there is a way of grasping a reality in absolute rather than relative terms, of entering into it rather than taking up positions on it, of seizing hold of it without any translation or symbolism, then that way is metaphysics itself.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: heart  reality  intuition 
     
    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.
    — Henri Bergson
    To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: oneself 
     
    The emotion felt by a man in the presence of nature certainly counts for something in the origin of religions.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: nature  men  emotion 
     
    Life does not proceed by the association and addition of elements, but by dissociation and division.
    — Henri Bergson
    To drive out the darkness, bring in the light.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: darkness 
     
    Laughter appears to stand in need of an echo, Listen to it carefully: it is not an articulate, clear, well-defined sound; it is something which would fain be prolonged by reverberating from one to another, something beginning with a crash, to continue in successive rumblings, like thunder in a mountain.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: laughter 
     
    And I also see how this body influences external images: it gives back movement to them.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: body  influence 
     
    The only cure for vanity is laughter. And the only fault that's laughable is vanity.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: laughter 
     
    There are manifold tones of mental life, or, in other words, our psychic life may be lived at different heights, now nearer to action, now further removed from it, according to the degree of our attention to life.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: action  mental  attention 
     
    ...Men do not sufficiently realize that their future is in their own hands. Theirs is the task of determining first of all whether they want to go on living or not. Theirs is the responsibility, then, for deciding if they want merely to live, or intend to make just the extra effort required for fulfilling, even on this refractory planet, the essential function of the universe, which is a machine for the making of gods.
    — Henri Bergson
    All the translations of a poem in all possible languages may add nuance to nuance and, by a kind of mutual retouching, by correcting one another, may give an increasingly faithful picture of the poem they translate, yet they will never give the inner meaning of the original.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: meaning  language  poem 
     
    There is nothing [that] disarms us like laughter.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: laughter 
     
    Wherever anything lives, there is, open somewhere, a register in which time is being inscribed.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: time  live 
     
    I believe I experience creativity at every moment of my life.
    — Henri Bergson
    Intelligence is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: intelligence 
     
    I cannot escape the objection that there is no state of mind, however simple, that does not change every moment
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: moment  mind 
     
    It is emotion that drives the intelligence forward in spite of obstacles.
    — Henri Bergson
    A situation is always comic if it participates simultaneously in two series of events which are absolutely independent of each other, and if it can be interpreted in two quite different meanings.
    — Henri Bergson
    tags: meaning 
     
    It is of man's essence to create materially and morally, to fabricate things and to fabricate himself. Homo faber is the definition I propose ... Homo faber, Homo sapiens, I pay my respects to both, for they tend to merge.
    — Henri Bergson
    You will obtain a vision of matter that is perhaps fatiguing for your imagination, but pure and stripped of what the requirements of life make you add to it in external perception.
    — Henri Bergson
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