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Quotes by Paul Valery - (30 quotes)

Paul Valery - From the Belief category:

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Books category:

Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Business category:

A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Critics category:

Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Danger category:

Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Dreams category:

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Eccentricity category:

A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Ego category:

The folly of mistaking oneself for an oracle is built right into us. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Expression category:

We must always apologize for talking painting. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Freedom category:

Liberty is the hardest test that one can inflict on a people. To know how to be free is not given equally to all men and all nations. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Future category:

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Greatness category:

A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Ideas category:

Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Individuality category:

We are enriched by our reciprocate differences. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Poetry category:

My poems mean what people take them to mean. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Poetry category:

In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Poetry category:

A man is a poet if difficulties inherent in his art provide him with ideas; he is not a poet if they deprive him of ideas. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Politics category:

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Possibilities category:

To write regular verses destroys an infinite number of fine possibilities, but at the same time it suggests a multitude of distant and totally unexpected thoughts. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Revelation category:

A man's true secrets are more secret to himself than they are to others. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Seeing category:

To see is to forget the name of the thing one sees. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Seeing category:

What Degas called 'a way of seeing' must consequently bear a wide enough interpretation to include way of being, power, knowledge, and will. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Thinking category:

At times I think and at times I am. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Thought category:

A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Thought category:

The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Thought category:

Man's great misfortune is that he has no organ, no kind of eyelid or brake, to mask or block a thought, or all thought, when he wants to. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Truth category:

Long years must pass before the truths we have made for ourselves become our very flesh. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Universe category:

The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Work category:

An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it. (Paul Valery)

Paul Valery - From the Writing category:

Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature. (Paul Valery)



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Last modified: July 22, 2014