Paul Valéry Quotes

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All our foes are mortal.
— Paul Valéry

enemies

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
— Paul Valéry

poetry

A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.
— Paul Valéry
A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator.

business

Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder.
— Paul Valéry

chaos order

A poem is never finished—it's always an accident that ends it.

poetry

An artist never really finishes his work; he merely abandons it.
— Paul Valéry

art

Advertising has annihilated the power of the most powerful adjectives.
— Paul Valéry

advertising

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

future

Everyman has his back to his death, like the talker leaning against the mantelpiece.

death

The object of all psychology is lo give us a totally different idea of the things we know best.
— Paul Valéry

psychology

The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.

psychology

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

politics

The function of the poet is not to be inspired himself, but to create inspiration in his readers.
— Paul Valéry
Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.
— Paul Valéry
The notes I handle no better than many pianist. But the pauses between the notes, ah, that is where the art resides!
— Paul Valéry
God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.

solitude men and women

The world acquires value only through its extremes and endures only through moderation; extremists make the world great, the moderates give it stability.

moderation

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.

paradox