Inspirational Henri Bergson Quotes

Henri Bergson (18 October 1859 – 4 January 1941) was a major French philosopher. This post features Inspirational Henri Bergson Quotes.

Bergson convinced many thinkers that the processes of immediate experience and intuition are more significant than abstract rationalism and science for understanding reality.

He was awarded the 1927 Nobel Prize in Literature “in recognition of his rich and vitalizing ideas and the brilliant skill with which they have been presented”. In 1930 France awarded him its highest honour, the Grand-Croix de la Legion d’honneur.

Henri Bergson Quotes
Henri Bergson Quotes

Henri Bergson Quotes

“Men do not sufficiently realize that their future is in their own hands.”
― Henri Bergson

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”
― Henri Bergson

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

“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

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

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

“The universe is a machine for the making of Gods.”
― Henri Bergson

“Time is invention and nothing else.”
― Henri Bergson

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

“Religion is to mysticism what popularization is to science.”
― Henri Bergson

“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 only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.”
― Henri Bergson

“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

“Wherever anything lives, there is, open somewhere, a register in which time is being inscribed.”
― Henri Bergson

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

“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

“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

“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 quotes

“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

“Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon them 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 their journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of following the crowd and by choosing knowledge over the veils of ignorance.”
― Henri Bergson

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