Paul Valéry Quotes

Ambroise Paul Toussaint Jules Valéry was a French poet, essayist, and philosopher.

An intelligent woman is a woman with whom one can be as stupid as one wants.
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It seems to me that the soul, when alone with itself and speaking to itself, uses only a small number of words, none of them extraordinary.
– Paul Valéry

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Love is being stupid together.
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Politeness is organized indifference.
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God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.
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Breath, dreams, silence, invincible calm, you triumph.
– Paul Valéry

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At the end of the mind, the body. But at the end of the body, the mind.
– Paul Valery

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One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather.
– Paul Valery

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A difficulty is a light. An insurmountable difficulty is a sun.
– Paul Valéry

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Stupidity is not my strong point.
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But hope is only man’s mistrust of the clear foresight of his mind.
– Paul Valery

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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 Valéry

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I know nothing more stupid and indeed vulgar than wanting to be right.
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Nothing beautiful can be summarized.
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The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.
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History is the science of what never happens twice.
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We hope vaguely but dread precisely.
– Paul Valéry

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My soul is nothing now but the dream dreamt by matter struggling with itself!
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History is the most dangerous product which the chemistry of the mind has concocted. Its properties are well known. It produces dreams and drunkenness. It fills people with false memories, exaggerates their reactions, exacerbates old grievances, torments them in their repose, and encourages either a delirium of grandeur or a delusion of persecution. It makes whole nations bitter, arrogant, insufferable and vainglorious.
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Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.
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