Paul Valéry

«L'histoire est le produit le plus dangereux que la chimie de l'intellect ait élaboré. Ses propriétés sont bien connues. Il fait rêver, il enivre les peuples, leur engendre de faux souvenirs, exagère leurs réflexes, entretient leurs vieilles plaies, les tourmente dans leur repos, les conduit au délire des grandeurs ou à celui de la persécution, et rend les nations amères, superbes, insupportables et vaines.»

Paul Valéry


«For the fact is that disorder is the condition of the mind's fertility: it contains the mind's promise, since its fertility depends on the unexpected rather than the expected, depends on what we do not know, and because we do not know it, than what we know.»

Paul Valéry


«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.»

Paul Valéry


«Une philosophie doit etre portative.»

Paul Valéry


«Poems are never finished - just abandoned»

Paul Valéry


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

Paul Valéry


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

Paul Valéry


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

Paul Valéry


«Nothing is more natural than mutual misunderstanding; the contrary is always surprising. I believe that one never agrees on anything except by mistake, and that all harmony among human beings is the happy fruit of an error.»

Paul Valéry