Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator. The triumph of life is expressed by creation.
The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that is laughable is vanity.
To perceive means to immobilize... we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself.
It seems that laughter needs an echo.
In its entirety, probably, it follows us at every instant; all that we have felt, thought and willed from our earliest infancy is there, leaning over the present which is about to join it, pressing against the portals of consciousness that would fain leave it outside.
Homo sapiens, the only creature endowed with reason, is also the only creature to pin its existence on things unreasonable.
Genius is that which forces the inertia of humanity to learn.
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.
An absolute can only be given in an intuition, while all the rest has to do with analysis.
Intelligence is the faculty of making artificial objects, especially tools to make tools.
When we make the cerebral state the beginning of an action, and in no sense the condition of a perception, we place the perceived images of things outside the image of our body, and thus replace perception within the things themselves.
Instinct perfected is a faculty of using and even constructing organized instruments; intelligence perfected is the faculty of making and using unorganized instruments.
Sex appeal is the keynote of our civilization.
There is nothing in philosophy which could not be said in everyday language.
In just the same way the thousands of successive positions of a runner are contracted into one sole symbolic attitude, which our eye perceives, which art reproduces, and which becomes for everyone the image of a man who runs.
Wherever anything lives, there is, open somewhere, a register in which time is being inscribed.
In laughter we always find an unavowed intention to humiliate and consequently to correct our neighbour.
A situation is always comic if it participates simultaneously in two series of events which are absolutely independent of each other, and if it can be interpreted in two quite different meanings.
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.