The Poetics of Space Quotes.

1. "I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace."
- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

2. "Rilke wrote: 'These trees are magnificent, but even more magnificent is the sublime and moving space between them, as though with their growth it too increased."
- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

3. "We comfort ourselves by reliving memories of protection. Something closed must retain our memories, while leaving them their original value as images. Memories of the outside world will never have the same tonality as those of home and, by recalling these memories, we add to our store of dreams; we are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost."
- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

4. "When the image is new, the world is new."
- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

5. "We are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost."
- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

6. "It is better to live in a state of impermanence than in one of finality."
- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

7. "We must listen to poets."
- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

8. "Sometimes the house of the future is better built, lighter and larger than all the houses of the past, so that the image of the dream house is opposed to that of the childhood home. Late in life, with indomitable courage, we continue to say that we are going to do what we have not yet done: we are going to build a house. This dream house may be merely a dream of ownership, the embodiment of everything that is considered convenient, comfortable, healthy, sound, desirable, by other people. It must therefore satisfy both pride and reason, two irreconcilable terms."
- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

9. "Here is Menard's own intimate forest: 'Now I am traversed by bridle paths, under the seal of sun and shade...I live in great density...Shelter lures me. I slump down into the thick foliage...In the forest, I am my entire self. Everything is possible in my heart just as it is in the hiding places in ravines. Thickly wooded distance separates me from moral codes and cities."
- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

10. "A creature that hides and withdraws into its shell, is preparing a way out. This is true of the entire scale of metaphors, from the resurrection of a man in his grave, to the sudden outburst of one who has long been silent. If we remain at the heart of the image under consideration, we have the impression that, by staying in the motionlessness of its shell, the creature is preparing temporal explosions, not to say whirlwinds, of being."
- Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

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