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

— Paul Valery

The most tempting Paul Valery quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

Man's great misfortune is that he has no organ, no kind of eyelid or brake, to mask or block a thought, or all thought, when he wants to.


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.


There are two ways to aquire the niceties of life: 1) To produce them or 2) To plunder them. When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.


A poem is never finished, only abandoned.


The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect.


Love is being stupid together.


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


A difficulty is a light. An insurmountable difficulty is a sun.


An intelligent woman is a woman with whom one can be as stupid as one wants.


We hope vaguely but dread precisely.


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


Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.


About Paul Valery

Quotes 154 sayings
Nationality French
Profession Poet
Birthday October 16

If the Ego is hateful, Love your neighbor as yourself becomes a cruel irony.


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


An attitude of permanent indignation signifies great mental poverty.

Politics compels it votaries to take that line and you can see their minds growing more impoverished every day, from one burst of righteous indignation to the next.


We are enriched by our reciprocate differences.


A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator.


The advantage of the incomprehensible is that it never loses its freshness.


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.


A man's true secrets are more secret to himself than they are to others.


All nations have present, or past, or future reasons for thinking themselves incomparable.


We are wont to condemn self-love; but what we really mean to condemn is contrary to self-love. It is that mixture of selfishness and self-hate that permanently pursues us, that prevents us from loving others, and that prohibits us from losing ourselves.


It would be impossible to "love" anyone or anything one knew completely.

Love is directed towards what lies hidden in its object.


A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.


Oh, hasten not this loving act, Rapture where self and not-self meet: My life has been the awaiting you, Your footfall was my own heart's beat.


Long years must pass before the truths we have made for ourselves become our very flesh.


The very object of an art, the principle of its artifice, is precisely to impart the impression of an ideal state in which the man who reaches it will be capable of spontaneously producing, with no effort of hesitation, a magnificent and wonderfully ordered expression of his nature and our destinies.


Fidelity to meaning alone in translation is a kind of betrayal.


To write regular verses destroys an infinite number of fine possibilities, but at the same time it suggests a multitude of distant and totally unexpected thoughts.


Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows.


Politeness is organized indifference.


Every social system is more or less against nature, and at every moment nature is at work to reclaim her rights.


Breath, dreams, silence, invincible calm, you triumph.


Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.


Order always weighs on the individual.

Disorder makes him wish for the police or for death. These are two extreme circumstances in which human nature is not at ease.


The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds.


If disorder is the rule with you, you will be penalized for installing order.


Man is only man at the surface. Remove the skin, dissect, and immediately you come to machinery.


Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder.


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.


Every beginning is a consequence - every beginning ends some thing.


Power without abuse loses its charm.


Poe is the only impeccable writer. He was never mistaken.


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.


One had to be a Newton to notice that the moon is falling, when everyone sees that it doesn't fall.


Science is feasible when the variables are few and can be enumerated;

when their combinations are distinct and clear. We are tending toward the condition of science and aspiring to do it. The artist works out his own formulas; the interest of science lies in the art of making science.


Whatever we succeed in doing is a transformation of something we have failed to do. Thus, when we fail, it is only because we have given up.


A man is a poet if difficulties inherent in his art provide him with ideas;

he is not a poet if they deprive him of ideas.