Paul Valery Quotes (18 quotations)

1. ...in song the words tend to lose their significance, do often lose it, while at the other extreme, in current prose it is the musical value that tends to disappear - so that verse stands symmetrically, as it were, between song, on the one hand, and prose on the other - and is thus admirably and delicately balanced between the sensual and the intellectual power of language. - Paul Valery

2. A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts. - Paul Valery

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

4. A painter should not paint what he sees but what should be seen. - Paul Valery

5. A poem is never finished, only abandoned. - Paul Valery

6. An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it. - Paul Valery

7. At times I think and at times I am. - Paul Valery

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

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

10. God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through. - Paul Valery

11. Love is being stupid together. - Paul Valery

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

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

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

15. The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up. - Paul Valery

16. 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

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

18. What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known, so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves. - Paul Valery

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