Henri Bergson's Quotes
Biography of Henri Bergson
There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator. The triumph of life is expressed by creation.Tags: Feeling, Joy, Life
Wherever anything lives, there is, open somewhere, a register in which time is being inscribed.Tags: Lives, Open, Time
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.Tags: Events, Quite, Situation
For life is tendency, and the essence of a tendency is to develop in the form of a sheaf, creating, by its very growth, divergent directions among which its impetus is divided.Tags: Divided, Growth, Life
In its entirety, probably, it follows us at every instant; all that we have felt, thought and willed from our earliest infancy is there, leaning over the present which is about to join it, pressing against the portals of consciousness that would fain leave it outside.Tags: Against, Leave, Thought
Spirit borrows from matter the perceptions on which it feeds and restores them to matter in the form of movements which it has stamped with its own freedom.Tags: Freedom, Matter, Spirit
We regard intelligence as man's main characteristic and we know that there is no superiority which intelligence cannot confer on us, no inferiority for which it cannot compensate.Tags: Cannot, Main, Regard
When we make the cerebral state the beginning of an action, and in no sense the condition of a perception, we place the perceived images of things outside the image of our body, and thus replace perception within the things themselves.Tags: Place, Sense, Themselves
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.Tags: Change, Exist, Mature
Homo sapiens, the only creature endowed with reason, is also the only creature to pin its existence on things unreasonable.Tags: Creature, Existence, Reason
The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.Tags: Found, Past, Present
To perceive means to immobilize... we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself.Tags: Act, Means, Perception
An absolute can only be given in an intuition, while all the rest has to do with analysis.Tags: Intuition, Rest, While
And I also see how this body influences external images: it gives back movement to them.Tags: Body, Images, Movement
Some other faculty than the intellect is necessary for the apprehension of reality.Tags: Intellect, Necessary, Reality
Instinct perfected is a faculty of using and even constructing organized instruments; intelligence perfected is the faculty of making and using unorganized instruments.Tags: Instinct, Making, Using
I cannot escape the objection that there is no state of mind, however simple, that does not change every moment.Tags: Change, Mind, Simple
The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.Tags: Fault, Laughter, Vanity
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The major task of the twentieth century will be to explore the unconscious, to investigate the subsoil of the mind.Tags: Century, Mind, Task
There is nothing in philosophy which could not be said in everyday language.Tags: Everyday, Philosophy, Said
In just the same way the thousands of successive positions of a runner are contracted into one sole symbolic attitude, which our eye perceives, which art reproduces, and which becomes for everyone the image of a man who runs.Tags: Art, Attitude, Everyone
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.Tags: Life, Matter, Vision
I see plainly how external images influence the image that I call my body: they transmit movement to it.Tags: Body, Call, Influence
In laughter we always find an unavowed intention to humiliate and consequently to correct our neighbour.Tags: Correct, Intention, Laughter
Intelligence is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools.Tags: Faculty, Making, Tools