Paul Valery Quotes

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Born: October 30, 1871, Sète, France
Birth Country: France
Died: Paris, France, July 20, 1945
Occupation: Author

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

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

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

History is the science of things which are not repeated.
- Paul Valery

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

Love is being stupid together.
- Paul Valery

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

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

Power without abuse loses its charm.
- Paul Valery

Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.
- Paul Valery

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

The future, like everything else, is not what it used to be.
- 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

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

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.
- Paul Valery

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