Paul Valéry Quotes


Serious people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.
Talent without genius isn't much, but genius without talent is nothing whatsoever.
The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.
A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
Young people do not learn only in school. Their surroundings and the times in which they live have as much, if not more, influence on them than teachers.
A new century is to a nation very much what a new year is to a man.
Love is being stupid together.
If some great catastrophe is not announced every morning, we feel a certain void. Nothing in the paper today, we sigh.
Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows.
Latent in every man is a venom of amazing bitterness, a black resentment; something that curses and loathes life, a feeling of being trapped, of having trusted and been fooled, of being the helpless prey of impotent rage, blind surrender, the victim of a savage, ruthless power that gives and takes away, enlists a man, and crowning injury inflicts upon him the humiliation of feeling sorry for himself.
History is the science of what never happens twice.
The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

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