Henri-Louis Bergson (1859-1941) French philosopher, psychologist

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To perceive means to immobilize. We seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself. - Henri-Louis Bergson
The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause. - Henri-Louis Bergson
Intelligence is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools. - Henri-Louis Bergson
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-Louis Bergson
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-Louis Bergson
Life does not proceed by the association and addition of elements, but by dissociation and division. - Henri-Louis Bergson
Wherever anything lives, there is, open somewhere, a register in which time is being inscribed. - Henri-Louis 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-Louis Bergson
It may be that the whole is simple, and that we are looking at it from the wrong point of view. - Henri-Louis Bergson