Paul-Valery Quotes

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Paul-Valery Quotes

Stupidity is not my strong point.
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Poems are never finished - just abandoned

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

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Nothing is more natural than mutual misunderstanding; the contrary is always surprising. I believe that one never agrees on anything except by mistake, and that all harmony among human beings is the happy fruit of an error.

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Sometime I think; and sometime I am.

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

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To enter into your own mind you need to be armed to the teeth.

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Power without abuse loses its charm.

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The deeper education consists in unlearning one's first education.

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I know nothing more stupid and indeed vulgar than wanting to be right.

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What soul would hesitate to turn the universe upside down in order to be a little more itself?

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But hope is only man's mistrust of the clear foresight of his mind.

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At the end of the mind, the body. But at the end of the body, the mind.

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I believed, rather more accurately, that a work resolutely thought out and sought for in the hazards of the mind, systematically, and through a determined analysis of definite and previously prescribed conditions, whatever its value might be once it had been produced, did not leave the mind of its creator without having modified him, and forced him to recognize and in some way reorganize himself. I said to myself that it was not the accomplished work, and its appearance and effect in the world, that can fulfill and edify us; but only the way in which we have done it.

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For the fact is that disorder is the condition of the mind's fertility: it contains the mind's promise, since its fertility depends on the unexpected rather than the expected, depends on what we do not know, and because we do not know it, than what we know.

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I have made a similar suggestion for poetry: that one should approach it as pure sonority, reading and rereading it as a sort of music, and should not introduce meanings or intentions into the diction before clearly grasping the system of sounds that every poem must offer on pain of nonexistence.

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O thoughtful waste of my days! What an artist I have destroyed!

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What a pity to see a mind as great as Napoleon's devoted to trivial things such as empires, historic events, the thundering of cannons and of men; he believed in glory, in posterity, in Caesar; nations in turmoil and other trifles absorbed all his attention ... How could he fail to see that what really mattered was something else entirely?

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Life blackens at the contact of truth.

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There is no theory that is not a fragment, carefully prepared, of some autobiography.

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But Socrates cannot but have been meditating upon something? ... Can he ever remain solitary with himself
and silent to his very soul!

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