Paul Valery

1871 - 1945

A Quote by Paul Valéry on ignorance, education, and humility

Ignorance is a treasure of infinite price that most men squander, when they should cherish its least fragments; some ruin it by educating themselves, others, unable to so much as conceive of making use of it, let it waste away.  Quite on the contrary, we should search for it assiduously  in what we think we know best.  Leaf through a dictionary or try to make one, and you will find that every word covers and masks a well so bottomless that the questions you toss into it arouse no more than an echo.

Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)

Source: Man and the Seashell (essay), Paul Valery Anthology

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A Quote by Paul Valéry on dreams, awakening, enlightenment, uplifting, and possibility

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

Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)

Source: Pearls of Wisdom

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A Quote by Paul Valery on love and stupidity

Love is being stupid together.

Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)

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A Quote by Paul Valery on words, language, sentence, and function

You have certainly observed the curious fact that a given word which is perfectly clear when you hear it or use it in everyday language, and which does not give rise to any difficulty when it is engaged in the rapid movement of an ordinary sentence becomes magically embarrassing, introduces a strange resistance, frustrates any effort at definition as soon as you take it out of circulation to examine it separately and look for its meaning after taking away its instantaneous function.

Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 48

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A Quote by Paul Valery on art, business, people, and politics

Politics is the art of preventing people from sticking their noses in things that are properly their business.

Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)

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A Quote by Paul Valery on ideas, people, and seriousness

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

Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)

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A Quote by Paul Valery

The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen.

Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)

Source: Mauvaises Pensées et Autres, 1941, see Klee

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A Quote by Paul Valery on art and work

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

Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)

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A Quote by Paul Valery on poetry

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A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)

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A Quote by Paul Valery on mind

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

Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)

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