A Gem from “Earth and Reveries of Will,” by Gaston Bachelard

“No underground exploration is necessary in order for the dreamer lithognomically possessed to see a crystallized world in a geode, a world hollowed for the inhabitation of gems. Like [George] Sand with her rock found by the roadside, we have all held a fairy palace in our hands. But we are quickly cut off from what was fabulous in the experience by ridicule of all imaginative elaboration. Deprived of its sense of grandeur, the metaphor will have lost all of its vitality and daring.”

Earth and Reveries of Will, an Essay on the Imagination of Matter, Gaston Bachelard. [1943] Translated by Kenneth Haltman, 2002. p. 219


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Rocks interest me; some fascinate me.
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