Paul Valery

Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry (30 October 1871 – 20 July 1945) was a French author and Symbolist poet. His interests were sufficiently broad that he can be classified as a polymath. In addition to his fiction (poetry, drama, and dialogues), he also wrote many essays and aphorisms on art, history, letters, music, and current events.
Found 32 thoughts of Paul Valery

We are wont to condemn self-love; but what we really mean to condemn is contrary to self-love. It is that mixture of selfishness and self-hate that permanently pursues us, that prevents us from loving others, and that prohibits us from losing ourselves in the love with which we are loved eternally. He who is able to love himself is able to love others also; he who has learned to overcome self-contempt has overcome his contempt for others.

Paul Valery

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

Paul Valery

Politics is the art of preventing people from sticking their noses in things that are properly their business.

Paul Valery

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

Paul Valery

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

Paul Valery

Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.

Paul Valery

At times I think and at times I am.

Paul Valery

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

Paul Valery

A painter should not paint what he sees but what should be seen.

Paul Valery

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

Paul Valery

Politeness is organized indifference.

Paul Valery

History is the science of things which are not repeated.

Paul Valery

A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone.

Paul Valery

A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.

Paul Valery

Love is being stupid together.

Paul Valery

Man is only man at the surface. Remove the skin, dissect, and immediately you come to machinery.

Paul Valery

That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.

Paul Valery

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.

Paul Valery

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

Paul Valery

A man's true secrets are more secret to himself than they are to others.

Paul Valery

A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator.

Paul Valery

God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.

Paul Valery

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

Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.

Paul Valery

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
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