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.
We regard intelligence as man’s main characteristic and we know that there is no superiority which intelligence cannot confer on us, no inferiority for which it cannot compensate.
There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator. The triumph of life is expressed by creation.
Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
Homo sapiens, the only creature endowed with reason, is also the only creature to pin its existence on things unreasonable.
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.
Our laughter is always the laughter of a group.
To perceive means to immobilize… we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself.
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.
Instinct perfected is a faculty of using and even constructing organized instruments; intelligence perfected is the faculty of making and using unorganized instruments.