Paul Ambroise Valery Quotes

Politeness is organized indifference.

In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well.

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.

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.

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.

A new century is to a nation very much what a new year is to a man.

A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.

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

History is the science of what never happens twice.

Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.