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    French critic & poet

    Quotes by Paul Valery

    • A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.
    • A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
    • Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.
    • God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.
    • Man is only man at the surface. Remove the skin, dissect, and immediately you come to machinery.
    • That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
    • The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
    • What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known, so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves.
    • 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.
    • Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.
      Tel Quel 2 (1943)
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