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

— Henri Bergson

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


There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator.

The triumph of life is expressed by creation.


The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.


In laughter we always find an unavowed intention to humiliate and consequently to correct our neighbour.


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.


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.


Sex-appeal is the keynote of our whole civilization.


Intuition is a method of feeling one's way intellectually into the inner heart of a thing to locate what is unique and inexpressible in it.


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


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.


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.


Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks.


About Henri Bergson

Quotes 69 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

Intelligence is characterized by a natural incomprehension of life.


Religion is to mysticism what popularization is to science


... divine love is not something belonging to God: it is God Himself.


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


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.


To drive out the darkness, bring in the light.


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.


One can always reason with reason.


There is nothing in philosophy which could not be said in everyday language.


The only cure for vanity is laughter. And the only fault that's laughable is vanity.


And I also see how this body influences external images: it gives back movement to them.


Life does not proceed by the association and addition of elements, but by dissociation and division.


I see plainly how external images influence the image that I call my body: they transmit movement to it.


I cannot escape the objection that there is no state of mind, however simple, that does not change every moment


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.


It seems that laughter needs an echo.


Realism is in the work when idealism is in the soul, and it is only through idealism that we resume contact with reality.


In short, intelligence, considered in what seems to be its original feature, is the faculty of manufacturing artificial objects, especially tools to make tools, and of indefinitely urging the manufacture.


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.


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.


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.


Genius is that which forces the inertia of humanity to learn.


Our laughter is always the laughter of a group.


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.


Laughter is, above all, a corrective.

Being intended to humiliate, it must make a painful impression on the person against whom it is directed. By laughter, society avenges itself for the liberties taken with it. It would fail in its object if it bore the stamp of sympathy or kindness.


To perceive means to immobilize... we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself.


All the living hold together, and all yield to the same tremendous push.

The animal takes its stand on the plant, man bestrides animality, and the whole of humanity, in space and in time, is one immense army galloping beside and before and behind each of us in an overwhelming charge able to beat down every resistance and clear the most formidable obstacles, perhaps even death.


In reality, the past is preserved by itself automatically.


When it is said that an object occupies a large space in the soul or even that it fills it entirely, we ought to understand by this simply that its image has altered the shade of a thousand perceptions or memories, and that in this sense it pervades them, although it does not itself come into view.


The movement of the stream is distinct from the river bed, although it must adopt its winding course.


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.


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.


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.


However spontaneous it seems, laughter always implies a kind of secret freemasonry, or even complicity, with other laughers, real or imaginary.


To ease another's burden, help to carry it.


The motive power of democracy is love


Is it astonishing that, like children trying to catch smoke by closing their hands, philosophers so often see the object they would grasp fly before them?

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