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Henri Bergson
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To drive out the darkness, bring in the light. Henri Bergson
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Religion is to mysticism what popularization is to science Henri Bergson
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The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity. Henri Bergson
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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. Henri Bergson
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However spontaneous it seems, laughter always implies a kind of secret freemasonry, or even complicity, with other laughers, real or imaginary. Henri Bergson
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Only those ideas that are least truly ours can be adequately expressed in words. Henri Bergson
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The emotion felt by a man in the presence of nature certainly counts for something in the origin of religions. Henri Bergson
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Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks. Henri Bergson
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Intelligence is characterized by a natural incomprehension of life. Henri Bergson
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Sex-appeal is the keynote of our whole civilization. Henri Bergson
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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. 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. Henri Bergson
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Some other faculty than the intellect is necessary for the apprehension of reality. Henri Bergson
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Instinct perfected is a faculty of using and even constructing organized instruments; intelligence perfected is the faculty of making and using unorganized instruments. Henri Bergson
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There is nothing [that] disarms us like laughter. Henri Bergson
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... divine love is not something belonging to God: it is God Himself. Henri Bergson
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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
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Life does not proceed by the association and addition of elements, but by dissociation and division. Henri Bergson
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The universe is a machine for creating gods. Henri Bergson
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One can always reason with reason. Henri Bergson
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The movement of the stream is distinct from the river bed, although it must adopt its winding course. Henri Bergson
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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
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The major task of the twentieth century will be to explore the unconscious, to investigate the subsoil of the mind. Henri Bergson
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I see plainly how external images influence the image that I call my body: they transmit movement to it. Henri Bergson
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Our laughter is always the laughter of a group. Henri Bergson
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I believe that the time given to refutation in philosophy is usually time lost. Of the many attacks directed by many thinkers against each other, what now remains? Nothing, or assuredly very little. That which counts and endures is the modicum of positive truth which each contributes. The true statement is, of itself, able to displace the erroneous idea, and becomes, without our having taken the trouble of refuting anyone, the best of refutations. Henri Bergson
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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
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The only cure for vanity is laughter. And the only fault that's laughable is vanity. Henri Bergson
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The motive power of democracy is love Henri Bergson
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I cannot escape the objection that there is no state of mind, however simple, that does not change every moment Henri Bergson
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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
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Action on the move creates its own route, creates to a very great extent the conditions under which it is to be fulfilled and thus baffles all calculation. Henri Bergson
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An absolute can only be given in an intuition, while all the rest has to do with analysis. Henri Bergson
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There is nothing in philosophy which could not be said in everyday language. Henri Bergson
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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. Henri Bergson
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Genius is that which forces the inertia of humanity to learn. Henri Bergson
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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
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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? Henri Bergson
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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 and consequently inexpressible in it. Analysis, on the contrary, is the operation which reduces the object to elements already known. Henri Bergson
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I see plainly how external images influence the image that I call my body : they transmit movement to it. Henri Bergson
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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
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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
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Religion is to mysticism what popularization is to science. Henri Bergson
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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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On the other hand, the pleasure caused by laughter, even on the stage, is not an unadulterated enjoyment; it is not a pleasure that is exclusively esthetic or altogether disinterested. It always implies a secret or unconscious intent, if not of each one of us, at all events of society as a whole. In laughter we always find an unavowed intention to humiliate, and consequently to correct our neighbour, if not in his will, at least in his deed. Henri Bergson
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The prestige of the Nobel Prize is due to many causes, but in particular to its twofold idealistic and international character: idealistic in that it has been designed for works of lofty inspiration; international in that it is awarded after the production of different countries has been minutely studied and the intellectual balance sheet of the whole world has been drawn up. Free from all other considerations and ignoring any but intellectual values, the judges have deliberately taken their place in what the philosophers have called a community of the mind. Henri Bergson
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Realism is in the work when idealism is in the soul, and it is only through idealism that we resume contact with reality. Henri Bergson
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ACT as men of thought; THINK as men of action. Henri Bergson
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It is the very essence of intelligence to coordinate means with a view to a remote end, and to undertake what it does not feel absolutely sure of carrying out. Henri Bergson
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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
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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
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...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
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In reality, the past is preserved by itself automatically. Henri Bergson
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The motive power of democracy is love. Henri Bergson
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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. Henri Bergson
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I cannot escape the objection that there is no state of mind, however simple, that does not change every moment. Henri Bergson
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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
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To perceive means to immobilize... we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself. Henri Bergson
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It seems that laughter needs an echo. Henri Bergson
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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. Henri Bergson
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It is emotion that drives the intelligence forward in spite of obstacles. Henri Bergson
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I believe I experience creativity at every moment of my life. Henri Bergson
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The vital spirit. L'elan vital Henri Bergson
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Europe is overpopulated, the world will soon be in the same condition, and if the self-reproduction of man is not rationalized... we shall have war. Henri Bergson
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Intelligence is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools. Henri Bergson
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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. Henri Bergson
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Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought. Henri Bergson
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In laughter we always find an unavowed intention to humiliate and consequently to correct our neighbour. Henri Bergson
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Action on the move creates its own route; creates to a very great extent the conditions under which is it to be fulfilled, and thus baffles all calculation. Henri Bergson
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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. Henri Bergson
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