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Gaston Bachelard

1884-1962. French philosopher and poet who rose to some of the most prestigious positions in the French academy despite his humble origins.

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Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event.

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A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.

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To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.

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One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it. To remain in touch with the past requires a love of memory. To remain in touch with the past requires a constant imaginative effort.

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There is no original truth, only original error.

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

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

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Ideas are invented only as correctives to the past. Through repeated rectification of this kind one may hope to disengage an idea that is valid.

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Two half philosophers will probably never a whole metaphysician make.

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