Quotes by Paul Valery
- A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
- An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.
- God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
- God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.
- History is the science of things which are not repeated.
- In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well.
- Love is being stupid together.
- Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows.
- Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.
- Power without abuse loses its charm.
- Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.
- The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
- 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.
- The future, like everything else, is not what it used to be.
- The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds.
- The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
- 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.