"Poetry is one of the destinies of speech... One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Gaston Bachelard on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Gaston Bachelard on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Gaston Bachelard on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Gaston Bachelard on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Gaston Bachelard on Robert Frost
"A special kind of beauty exists which is born in language, of language, and for language."
"The great function of poetry is to give back to us the situations of our dreams."
"If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace."
"Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books."
"The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows."