Who the hell is Henri Bergson?

Henri-Louis Bergson was a French-Jewish philosopher.

Quotes by Henri Bergson

“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

“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

“Darwin’s theory of evolution pointed to the conclusion that flux (or becoming), not being, is the essence of reality.”

Henri Bergson The Philosophy of Poetry

“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 The Two Sources of Morality and Religion

“Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon then from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins the journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of the crowd, and by choosing knowledge over veils of ignorance.”

Henri Bergson

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

Henri Bergson

“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

“Intelligence is characterized by a natural incomprehension of life.”

Henri Bergson

“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.”

Henri Bergson

“It is emotion that drives the intelligence forward in spite of obstacles.”

Henri Bergson

“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

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

Henri Bergson

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

Henri Bergson

“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

“Only those ideas that are least truly ours can be adequately expressed in words.”

Henri Bergson

“Sex-appeal is the keynote of our whole civilization.”

Henri Bergson

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

Henri Bergson

“The eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”

Henri Bergson

“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 Time and Free Will

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

Henri Bergson

“The pure present is an ungraspable advance of the past devouring the future. In truth, all sensation is already memory.”

Henri Bergson Matter and Memory

“The question is precisely to know whether the past has ceased to exist, or ceased to be useful.”

Henri Bergson

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

Henri Bergson

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

Henri Bergson

“Time is invention and nothing else.”

Henri Bergson

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

Henri Bergson

“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