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Paul Valery quotes

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

Love is being stupid together.

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

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

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

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.

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

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

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

A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator.

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

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

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

At times I think and at times I am.

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

A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.

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

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

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.

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