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Some other faculty than the intellect is necessary for the apprehension of reality.
[Instincts]
 

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.
 

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

The motive power of democracy is love.
 

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

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

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

There is nothing in philosophy which could not be said in everyday language.
 

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
[Positive]
 

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

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

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.
 

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.
 

Wherever anything lives, there is, open somewhere, a register in which time is being inscribed.
[Time]
 

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.
 


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