Notable Quotes by a French Poet Paul Valéry


Paul Valéry a well known French poet born in the Mediterranean town of Séte, France. Find amazing quotes by the great poet Paul on art, poetry, love and giving

  • Politeness is organized indifference.
  • A man who is ‘of sound mind’ is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
  • The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds.
  • That which has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every chance of being false.
  • A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.
  • 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.
  • We are enriched by our reciprocate differences.
  • War: a massacre of people who don’t know each other for the profit of people who know each other but don’t massacre each other.
  • Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder.
  • That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
  • Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.
  • Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.
  • Power without abuse loses its charm.
  • Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.
  • The future, like everything else, is not what it used to be.
  • 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.
  • The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
  • Poe is the only impeccable writer. He was never mistaken.
  • Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows.
  • 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.
  • Love is being stupid together.
  • God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
  • Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.
  • At times I think and at times I am.
  • An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.
  • 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.
  • The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect.
  • The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
  • The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.
  • A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
  • Long years must pass before the truths we have made for ourselves become our very flesh.
  • In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well.
  • History is the science of things which are not repeated.
  • God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.
  • A man’s true secrets are more secret to himself than they are to others.
  • A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone.
  • A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator.

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