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    Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: animals  enemies  fire  enemy  book 
     
    The dog has made man their God, if the dog was an atheist, it would be perfect.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: men  dog  atheist  god 
     
    To enter into your own mind you need to be armed to the teeth.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: mind 
     
    If what has happened in the one person were communicated directly to the other, all art would collapse, all the effects of art would disappear.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: people 
     
    Follow the path of your aroused thought, and you will soon meet this infernal inscription: There is nothing so beautiful as that which does not exist.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: thoughts  beautiful  path 
     
    The advantage of the incomprehensible is that it never loses its freshness.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: advantage 
     
    Serious people have few ideas. People with ideas are never serious.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: people  ideas 
     
    [Beauty is] that which makes us despair.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: despair 
     
    Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.
    — Paul Valery
    A difficulty is a light. An insurmountable difficulty is a sun.
    — Paul Valery
    We hope vaguely but dread precisely.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: hope 
     
    What is simple is wrong, and what is complicated cannot be understood.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: wrong 
     
    If the Ego is hateful, Love your neighbor as yourself becomes a cruel irony.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: ego  irony 
     
    The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: time  future 
     
    Sometimes I think, sometimes I am .
    — Paul Valery
    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.
    — Paul Valery
    An intelligent woman is a woman with whom one can be as stupid as one wants.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: women 
     
    Nothing beautiful can be summarized.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: beautiful 
     
    Let us enrich ourselves with our mutual differences.
    — Paul Valery
    History is the most dangerous product which the chemistry of the mind has concocted. Its properties are well known. It produces dreams and drunkenness. It fills people with false memories, exaggerates their reactions, exacerbates old grievances, torments them in their repose, and encourages either a delirium of grandeur or a delusion of persecution. It makes whole nations bitter, arrogant, insufferable and vainglorious.
    — Paul Valery
    There are two ways to aquire the niceties of life:1) To produce them or2) 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.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: time  men  society  living  morals 
     
    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.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: people 
     
    The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: true  dreams 
     
    One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather.
    — Paul Valery
    Fidelity to meaning alone in translation is a kind of betrayal.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: betrayal  meaning  alone 
     
    To see is to forget the name of the thing one sees.
    — Paul Valery
    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.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: death  nature  human  wishes  extreme 
     
    What is simple is false and what is not is useless.
    — Paul Valery
    Having precise ideas often leads to a man doing nothing.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: men  ideas  precise 
     
    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 Valery
    A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: men  key  mind 
     
    One had to be a Newton to notice that the moon is falling, when everyone sees that it doesn't fall.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: moon 
     
    My poems mean what people take them to mean.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: people  poem 
     
    To hit someone means to adopt his point of view.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: adopt 
     
    The world acquires value only through its extremes and endures only through moderation; extremists make the world great, the moderates give it stability.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: world  value  extreme 
     
    A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: men  thoughts 
     
    All nations have present, or past, or future reasons for thinking themselves incomparable.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: future  past  present  thinking 
     
    If the state is strong, it crushes us. If it is weak, we perish.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: strong 
     
    God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: men  solitude  alone  companion  god 
     
    A man's true secrets are more secret to himself than they are to others.
    — Paul Valery
    tags: secret  true 
     
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