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Paul Valery Quotes

Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.
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Power without abuse loses its charm
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Politics is the art of preventing people from sticking their noses in things that are properly their business.
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#French Poet #Art

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

A man's true secrets are more secret to himself than they are to others.
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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.
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#French Poet #Discovery

A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone.
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Latent in every man is a venom of amazing bitterness, a black resentment; something that curses and loathes life, a feeling of being trapped, of having trusted and been fooled, of being the helpless prey of impotent rage, blind surrender, the victim of a savage, ruthless power that gives and takes away, enlists a man, and crowning injury inflicts upon him the humiliation of feeling sorry for himself.
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#Bitterness

Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder.
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God made everything out of the void, but the void shows through
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Long years must pass before the truths we have made for ourselves become our very flesh.
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#French Poet #Flesh

A work is never completed except by some accident such as weariness, satisfaction, the need to deliver, or death: for, in relation to who or what is making it, it can only be one stage in a series of inner transformations.
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#Work #Death

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
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The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
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A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator.
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