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Paul Valery Quotes

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

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

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.

A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.

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

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

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.

At times I think and at times I am.

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

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

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

History is the science of things which are not repeated.

In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well.

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

Love is being stupid together.

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.

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

Poe is the only impeccable writer. He was never mistaken.

Politeness is organized indifference.