Paul Valéry Quotes

Who the Heck is Paul Valéry?

Ambroise Paul Toussaint Jules Valéry was a French poet, essayist, and philosopher who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature twelve times!

Born October 30, 1871
Died July 20, 1945

Best 21 Quotes by Paul Valéry

“A difficulty is a light. An insurmountable difficulty is a sun.”

Paul Valéry

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

Paul Valéry

“An attitude of permanent indignation signifies great mental poverty. Politics compels it votaries to take that line and you can see their minds growing more impoverished every day, from one burst of righteous indignation to the next.”

Paul Valéry

“An intelligent woman is a woman with whom one can be as stupid as one wants.”

Paul Valéry

“Breath, dreams, silence, invincible calm, you triumph.”

Paul Valéry

“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

“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.”

Paul Valéry

“Let us enrich ourselves with our mutual differences.”

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“Nothing beautiful can be summarized.”

Paul Valéry

“Our most important thoughts are those that contradict our emotions.”

Paul Valéry

“Politeness is organized indifference.”

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

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“Serious people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.”

Paul Valéry

“Sometimes I think, sometimes I am.”

Paul Valéry

“There are two ways to aquire the niceties of life:
1) To produce them or
2) To plunder them.
When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”

Paul Valéry

“To enter into your own mind you need to be armed to the teeth.”

Paul Valéry

“To see is to forget the name of the thing one sees.”

Paul Valéry

“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

“We hope vaguely but dread precisely.”

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

Paul Valéry

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

Paul Valéry