"In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Paul Valery on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Paul Valery on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Paul Valery on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Paul Valery on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Paul Valery on Robert Frost
"God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly."
"An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it."
"Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business."
"Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows."
"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."