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Creative Evolution

By Henri-Louis Bergson

An alternative to Darwin's mechanical evolution, Bergson proposes that evolution is motivated by a creative impulse innate to all of humanity. A significant influence on more modern writers like Marcel Proust and Thomas Mann, it emphasizes the personal over the mathematical, experience and intuition over “objectivity.”


Themes: Evolution

Quotes from Creative Evolution

“Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon them from birth through social conditioning.”

Chapters: 45. Complete Perfection

Themes: Moral Freedom

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“Intelligence is characterized by a natural incomprehension of life.”


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“Intuition is instinct becoming conscious of itself, set free from the slavery of exigencies it leads us to the very depths of life itself. A type of knowledge akin to art but having for object life itself, it transcends intellect but uses intellect grow beyond the limitations of mere instinct.”


Themes: Wu Wei

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“The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.”

Chapters: 40. Returning

Themes: Karma

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“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”

Chapters: 24. Unnecessary Baggage

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