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Paul Valery
October 30, 1871 - July 20, 1945
Nationality: French
Category: Poet
Subcategory: French Poet

A man is a poet if difficulties inherent in his art provide him with ideas; he is not a poet if they deprive him of ideas.


In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well.


The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect.


God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.


History is the science of things which are not repeated.


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 businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator.


The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.


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.


Politeness is organized indifference.


Poe is the only impeccable writer. He was never mistaken.


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.


A poem is never finished, only abandoned.


We are enriched by our reciprocate differences.


Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.


Love is being stupid together.


A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.


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


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.


Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.


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