Henri Bergson

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Henri-Louis Bergson (18 October 18594 January 1941) was a major French philosopher, influential in the first half of the 20th century.


[In a letter accepting the 1927 Nobel Prize in literature. Read by the French minister, Armand Bernard.]

  • 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. Source: Henri Bergson - The Nobel Prize in Literature 1927


  • Intuition is a method of feeling one's way intellectually into the inner heart of a thing to locate what is unique and inexpressive in it.
  • Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.

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