Monday, August 01, 2005 +

Péguy on Bergson

 A great philosophy is not a dictation. . . . The greatest of all is not the one with no mistakes in it.
 A great philosophy is not the one nothing can be said against; it is the one that says something.
 . . . It is not the one with no holes in it; it is the one with amplitude.
 A great philosopher is not one without reproach; it is one without fear.
 A great philosophy is not one without breaches in the walls; it is one with citadels.
 A great philosophy is not finally the one that lies down, and all at once on all positions and on every battlefield. It is simply the one that one day fought well there in the corner of the wood:

 Heureaux ceux qui sont morts pour quatre coins de terre.

—From Note sur M. Bergson, quoted in Daniel Halévy, Péguy and Les Cahiers de la Quinzaine