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Henri Bergson
October 18, 1859 - January 4, 1941
Nationality: French
Category: Scientist
Subcategory: French Scientist

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


Intelligence is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools.


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.


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


Instinct perfected is a faculty of using and even constructing organized instruments; intelligence perfected is the faculty of making and using unorganized instruments.


Our laughter is always the laughter of a group.


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.


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


Some other faculty than the intellect is necessary for the apprehension of reality.


Sex appeal is the keynote of our civilization.


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


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


The motive power of democracy is love.


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


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.


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.


Wherever anything lives, there is, open somewhere, a register in which time is being inscribed.


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.


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.


An absolute can only be given in an intuition, while all the rest has to do with analysis.


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