Paul Valery Quotes

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
La politique est l'art d'empcher les gens de se mler de ce qui les regarde. (Politics is the art of preventing people from sticking their noses in things that are properly their business.
Two dangers constantly threaten the world order and disorder.
God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.
A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
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.
Long years must pass before the truths we have made for ourselves become our very flesh.
That which has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every chance of being false.
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.
A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
Books have the same enemies as people fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.
Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known, so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves.
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