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

The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.


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


There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator. The triumph of life is expressed by creation.


Homo sapiens, the only creature endowed with reason, is also the only creature to pin its existence on things unreasonable.


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


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.


Religion is to mysticism what popularization is to science.


The major task of the twentieth century will be to explore the unconscious, to investigate the subsoil of the mind.


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


In reality, the past is preserved by itself automatically.


It seems that laughter needs an echo.


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


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.

    Topics: Art

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


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