Zitate von Paul Valéry
Geburtstag: 30. Oktober 1871
Todesdatum: 20. Juli 1945
Andere Namen: Paul Ambroise Valéry
Ambroise Paul Toussaint Jules Valéry war Lyriker, Philosoph und Essayist.
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„Die Geschichte rechtfertigt, was immer man will. Sie lehrt schlechterdings nichts, denn es gibt nichts, was sich mit ihr nicht beweisen ließe.“
Original franz.: "L’histoire justifie ce que l’on veut. Elle n’enseigne rigoureusement rien, car elle contient tout, et donne des exemples de tout." - De l'Histoire; in: Regards sur le monde actuel. Paris : Stock, Delamain & Boutelleau, 1931. p. 64 gallica.bnf.fr https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k1510319s/f72
„Und wir sehen jetzt, dass der Abgrund der Geschichte Raum hat für alle. Wir fühlen, dass eine Kultur genau so hinfällig ist wie ein einzelnes Leben.“
Die Krise des Geistes. Erster Brief. Corona 1931, Seite 531 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=_tjjAAAAMAAJ&q=%22abgrund+der%22
Original franz.: "Et nous voyons maintenant que l'abîme de l'histoire est assez grand pour tout le monde. Nous sentons qu’une civilisation a la même fragilité qu’une vie." - La crise de l'ésprit, in: Nouvelle Revue Française, 1919, Tome XIII, p. 321-337, :fr:s:La Crise de l’esprit. Première lettre.
„For the musician, before he has begun his work, all is in readiness so that the operation of his creative spirit may find, right from the start, the appropriate matter and means, without any possibility of error.“
Originally delivered as a lecture (late 1927); Pure Poetry: Notes for a Lecture The Creative Vision (1960)
Kontext: For the musician, before he has begun his work, all is in readiness so that the operation of his creative spirit may find, right from the start, the appropriate matter and means, without any possibility of error. He will not have to make this matter and means submit to any modification; he need only assemble elements which are clearly defined and ready-made. But in how different a situation is the poet! Before him is ordinary language, this aggregate of means which are not suited to his purpose, not made for him. There have not been physicians to determine the relationships of these means for him; there have not been constructors of scales; no diapason, no metronome, no certitude of this kind. He has nothing but the coarse instrument of the dictionary and the grammar. Moreover, he must address himself not to a special and unique sense like hearing, which the musician bends to his will, and which is, besides, the organ par excellence of expectation and attention; but rather to a general and diffused expectation, and he does so through a language which is a very odd mixture of incoherent stimuli.
As translated by by C. Day Lewis
The wind is rising ... we must attempt to live.
Charmes ou poèmes (1922)
Kontext: The wind is rising!... We must try to live!
The huge air opens and shuts my book: the wave
Dares to explode out of the rocks in reeking
Spray. Fly away, my sun-bewildered pages!
Break, waves! Break up with your rejoicing surges
This quiet roof where sails like doves were pecking.
„Collect all the facts that can be collected about the life of Racine and you will never learn from them the art of his verse.“
Introduction to the Method of Leonardo da Vinci (1895)
Kontext: Collect all the facts that can be collected about the life of Racine and you will never learn from them the art of his verse. All criticism is dominated by the outworn theory that the man is the cause of the work as in the eyes of the law the criminal is the cause of the crime. Far rather are they both the effects.
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Socrates, p. 81
Eupalinos ou l'architecte (1921)
„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.“
La guerre, c'est un massacre de gens qui ne se connaissent pas, au profit de gens qui se connaissent, mais ne se massacrent pas.
Bizarre, issues 24-31 (1962), p. 102