65 Henri Bergson Quotes For Success In Life

Henri-Louis Bergson was a French philosopher of Jewish descent who was influential in the tradition of continental philosophy, especially during the first half of the 20th century until the Second World War. Bergson is known for his arguments that processes of immediate experience and intuition are more significant than abstract rationalism and science for understanding reality. This Henri Bergson quotes will motivate you.

Best Henri Bergson Quotes

  1. “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
  2. “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” ~ Henri Bergson
  3. “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
  4. “I would say act like a man of thought and think like a man of action.” ~ Henri Bergson

  5. “Some other faculty than the intellect is necessary for the apprehension of reality.” ~ Henri Bergson
  6. “Homo sapiens, the only creature endowed with reason, is also the only creature to pin its existence on things unreasonable.” ~ Henri Bergson
  7. “There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator. The triumph of life is expressed by creation.” ~ Henri Bergson
  8. “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
  9. “It is emotion that drives the intelligence forward in spite of obstacles.” ~ Henri Bergson

  10. “To drive out the darkness, bring in the light.” ~ Henri Bergson
  11. “The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.” ~ Henri Bergson
  12. “To ease another’s burden, help to carry it.” ~ Henri Bergson
  13. “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
  14. “Intelligence is characterized by a natural incomprehension of life.” ~ Henri Bergson

  15. “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
  16. “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
  17. “… divine love is not something belonging to God: it is God Himself.” ~ Henri Bergson
  18. “I believe I experience creativity at every moment of my life.” ~ Henri Bergson

  19. “The only cure for vanity is laughter. And the only fault that’s laughable is vanity.” ~ Henri Bergson
  20. “ACT as men of thought; THINK as men of action.” ~ Henri Bergson
  21. “One can always reason with reason.” ~ Henri Bergson
  22. “Genius is that which forces the inertia of humanity to learn.” ~ Henri Bergson
  23. “There is nothing in philosophy which could not be said in everyday language.” ~ Henri Bergson Quotes
  24. “Life does not proceed by the association and addition of elements, but by dissociation and division.” ~ Henri Bergson
  25. “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
  26. “The universe… is a machine for the making of gods.” ~ Henri Bergson

  27. “Only those ideas that are least truly ours can be adequately expressed in words.” ~ Henri Bergson
  28. “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.” ~ Henri Bergson
  29. “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
  30. “Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks.” ~ Henri Bergson
  31. “The motive power of democracy is love” ~ Henri Bergson
  32. “Sex-appeal is the keynote of our whole civilization.” ~ Henri Bergson
  33. “Religion is to mysticism what popularization is to science” ~ Henri Bergson

  34. “Wherever anything lives, there is, open somewhere, a register in which time is being inscribed.” ~ Henri Bergson
  35. “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.” ~ Henri Bergson
  36. “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 Quotes
  37. “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
  38. “An absolute can only be given in an intuition, while all the rest has to do with analysis.” ~ Henri Bergson

  39. “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
  40. “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
  41. “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
  42. “To perceive means to immobilize. To say this is to say that we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself.” ~ Henri Bergson
  43. “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
  44. “In reality, the past is preserved by itself automatically.” ~ Henri Bergson

  45. “The movement of the stream is distinct from the river bed, although it must adopt its winding course.” ~ Henri Bergson
  46. “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
  47. “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
  48. “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
  49. “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 varying the manufacture.” ~ Henri Bergson
  50. “I see plainly how external images influence the image that I call my body: they transmit movement to it.” ~ Henri Bergson

  51. “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
  52. “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
  53. “I cannot escape the objection that there is no state of mind, however simple, that does not change every moment” ~ Henri Bergson
  54. “The emotion felt by a man in the presence of nature certainly counts for something in the origin of religions.” ~ Henri Bergson
  55. “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
  56. “There is nothing [that] disarms us like laughter.” ~ Henri Bergson

  57. “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
  58. “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
  59. “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
  60. “The major task of the twentieth century will be to explore the unconscious, to investigate the subsoil of the mind.” ~ Henri Bergson
  61. “However spontaneous it seems, laughter always implies a kind of secret freemasonry, or even complicity, with other laughers, real or imaginary.” ~ Henri Bergson
  62. “The vital spirit. L’√©lan vital” ~ Henri Bergson

  63. “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
  64. “Knowledge, in so far as it is directed to practical matters, has only to enumerate the principal possible attitudes of the thing towards us, as well as our best possible attitude towards it. Therein lies the ordinary function of ready-made concepts, those stations with which we mark out the path of becoming. But to seek to penetrate with them 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
  65. “It seems that laughter needs an echo.” ~ Henri Bergson

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