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Ambroise Paul Toussaint Jules Valéry

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Ambroise Paul Toussaint Jules Valéry was a French poet, essayist, and philosopher. In addition to his poetry and fiction , his interests included aphorisms on art, history, letters, music, and current events. Valéry was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 12 different years.

Valéry was born to a Corsican father and Genoese-Istrian mother in Sète, a town on the Mediterranean coast of the Hérault, but he was raised in Montpellier, a larger urban center close by. After a traditional Roman Catholic education, he studied law at university and then resided in Paris for most of the remainder of his life, where he was, for a while, part of the circle of Stéphane Mallarmé.

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God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly. - Paul Valery

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

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An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it. - Paul Valery

An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The future, like everything else, is not what it used to be. - Paul Valery

The future, like everything else, is not what it used to be.

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

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

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History is the science of things which are not repeated. - Paul Valery

History is the science of things which are not repeated.

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

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

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Love is being stupid together. - Paul Valery

Love is being stupid together.

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A poem is never finished, only abandoned. - Paul Valery

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

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

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

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Power without abuse loses its charm. - Paul Valery

Power without abuse loses its charm.

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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. - Paul Valery

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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Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature. - Paul Valery

Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.

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