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Paul Valéry Quote: “The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “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 Valéry Quote: “Just as water, gas, and electricity are brought into our houses from far off to satisfy our needs in response to a minimal effort, so we shall be supplied with visual or auditory images, which will appear and disappear at a simple movement of the hand, hardly more than a sign.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Oh, hasten not this loving act, Rapture where self and not-self meet: My life has been the awaiting you, Your footfall was my own heart’s beat.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Nothing beautiful can be summarized.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “What is simple is wrong, and what is complicated cannot be understood.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “A bad poem is one that vanishes into meaning.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Stupidity is not my strong suit.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “I thought it necessary to study history, even to study it deeply, in order to obtain a clear meaning of our immediate time.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Follow the path of your aroused thought, and you will soon meet this infernal inscription: There is nothing so beautiful as that which does not exist.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “It would be impossible to “love” anyone or anything one knew completely. Love is directed towards what lies hidden in its object.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “It is a sign of the times, and not a very good sign, that these days it is necessary and not only necessary but urgent to interest minds in the fate of Mind, that is to say, in their own fate.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “No work of art is ever completed, it is only abandoned.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “The great virtues of the German people have created more evils than idleness ever did vices.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “We must always apologize for talking painting.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “The power of verse stems from an indefinable harmony between when it says and what it is.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “The world acquires value only through its extremes and endures only through moderation; extremists make the world great, the moderates give it stability.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “There is a difference if we see something with a pencil in our hand or without one.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “History justifies whatever we want it to. It teaches absolutely nothing, for it contains everything and gives examples of everything.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Do you not realise that dance is the pure act of metamorphosis?”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Whoever wants to accomplish great things must devote to a lot of profound thought to details.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “That which has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every chance of being false.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Conscience reigns but it does not govern.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Poems are never finished – just abandoned.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “A man who is ‘of sound mind’ is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “The future, like everything else, is no longer quite what it used to be.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Great things are accomplished by men who are not conscious of the impotence of man. Such insensitiveness is precious. But we must admit that criminals are not unlike our heroes in this respect.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “We are wont to condemn self-love; but what we really mean to condemn is contrary to self-love. It is that mixture of selfishness and self-hate that permanently pursues us, that prevents us from loving others, and that prohibits us from losing ourselves.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Nothing is more natural than mutual misunderstanding; the contrary is always surprising. I believe that one never agrees on anything except by mistake, and that all harmony among human beings is the happy fruit of an error.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Long years must pass before the truths we have made for ourselves become our very flesh.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “If disorder is the rule with you, you will be penalized for installing order.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “The advantage of the incomprehensible is that it never loses its freshness.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Beware of what you do best; its bound to be a trap.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “It is a law of nature that we defend ourselves from one affection only by means of another.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “All nations have present, or past, or future reasons for thinking themselves incomparable.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “My hand feels touched as well as it touches; reality says this, and nothing more.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “We civilizations now know ourselves mortal.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “A work is never completed except by some accident such as weariness, satisfaction, the need to deliver, or death: for, in relation to who or what is making it, it can only be one stage in a series of inner transformations.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “To be sincere means to be the same person when one is with oneself; that is to say, alone – but that is all it means.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Growing nations should remember that, in nature, no tree, though placed in the best conditions of light, soil, and plot, can continue to grow and spread indefinitely.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Peace is a virtual, mute, sustained victory of potential powers against probable greeds.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Advertising has annihilated the power of the most powerful adjectives.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “To write regular verses destroys an infinite number of fine possibilities, but at the same time it suggests a multitude of distant and totally unexpected thoughts.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Photography invites one to give up any attempt to delineate such things as can delineate themselves.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “At the end of the mind, the body. But at the end of the body, the mind.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “Thanks to photography, the eye grew accustomed to anticipate what it should see and to see it; and it learned not to see nonexistent things which, hitherto, it had seen so clearly.”
Paul Valéry Quote: “A poet’s work consists less in seeking words for his ideas than in seeking ideas for his words and predominant rhythms.”
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