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Henry Bergson

Henri Bergson is a famous French philosopher whose career climaxed in 1927 when he won the Nobel Prize. Bergson led an interesting life. He was a Polish Jew who lived in France, and even though he remained faithful to his Judiasm for his entire life, he had a Roman Catholic priest say a prayer for him at his funeral. I guess some people simply want to have all their religions covered just in case. Read some of Henri Bergson's greatest quotes below.


Sex-appeal is the keynote of our whole civilisation.
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.
Some other faculty than the intellect is necessary for the apprehension of reality.
Life does not proceed by the association and addition of elements, but by dissociation and division.
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.
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.
Intelligence is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools.
In reality, the past is preserved by itself automatically.
To perceive means to immobilize... we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself.
The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.