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.
In a letter accepting the 1927 Nobel Prize in literature, read by the French minister, Armand Bernard.
I cannot escape the objection that there is no state of mind, however simple, that does not change every moment.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
Religion is to mysticism what popularization is to science.Henri-louis Bergson
La société ouverte est celle qui embrasserait en principe l’humanité entière.Henri-louis Bergson
Men do not sufficiently realise that their future is in their own hands. Theirs is the task of determining first of all whether they want to go on living or not. Theirs the responsibility, then, for deciding if they want merely to live, or intend to make just the extra effort required for fulfilling, even on their refractory planet, the essential function of the universe, which is a machine for the making of gods (la fonction essentielle de l'universe, qui est une machine à faire des dieux).Henri-louis Bergson
Je dirais qu'il faut agir en homme de pensée et penser en homme d'action.Henri-louis Bergson
Intuition is a method of feeling one's way intellectually into the inner heart of a thing to locate what is unique and inexpressible in it.Henri-louis Bergson
All the living hold together, and all yield to the same tremendous push. The animal takes its stand on the plant, man bestrides animality, and the whole of humanity, in space and in time, is one immense army galloping beside and before and behind each of us in an overwhelming charge able to beat down every resistance and clear the most formidable obstacles, perhaps even death.Henri-louis Bergson
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