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

At times I think and at times I am.


A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone.


Serious-minded people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.


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


That which has been believed by everyone, always and everywhere, has every chance of being false.


A man's true secrets are more secret to himself than they are to others.


That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.


Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder.


Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows.


Power without abuse loses its charm.


The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds.


God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.


Long years must pass before the truths we have made for ourselves become our very flesh.


An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.


Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.


A man who is "of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.


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