Zitate von Paul Valéry

Paul Valéry Foto
4   1

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.

„Die Geschichte rechtfertigt, was immer man will. Sie lehrt schlechterdings nichts, denn es gibt nichts, was sich mit ihr nicht beweisen ließe.“

—  Paul Valéry

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

„Im Abgrund der Geschichte ist für alle Platz.“

—  Paul Valéry

La crise de l'ésprit, Première lettre; in: Valéry, Paul: Œuvres, Vol. 1 / éd. par Jean Hytier; Paris 1957, S. 988

„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.“

—  Paul Valéry

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.

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

—  Paul Valéry

Letter to writer André Gide, as quoted in The Tell-Tale Heart: The Life and Works of Edgar Allan Poe (1978) by Julian Symons, Pt. 1, Epilogue

„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 Valéry

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

Help us translate English quotes

Discover interesting quotes and translate them.

Start translating

„The artist works out his own formulas; the interest of science lies in the art of making science.“

—  Paul Valéry

Moralités (1932)
Kontext: 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.

„Stupidity is not my strong point.“

—  Paul Valéry, buch Monsieur Teste

Variant translations:
Stupidity is not my strong suit.
Monsieur Teste (1919)
Kontext: Stupidity is not my strong point. I have seen many persons; I have visited several countries; I have taken part in various enterprises without liking them; I have eaten nearly every day; I have had women. I can now recall a few hundred faces, two or three great spectacles, and the substance of perhaps twenty books. I have not retained the best nor the worst of these things: what could stay with me did.

„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.“

—  Paul Valéry

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.

„The wind is rising! . . . We must try to live!“

—  Paul Valéry

As translated by by C. Day Lewis
Variant translations:
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.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

Ähnliche Autoren

Henry De Montherlant Foto
Henry De Montherlant11
französischer Schriftsteller
Michel Foucault Foto
Michel Foucault10
französischer Philosoph
Albert Camus Foto
Albert Camus98
französischer Schriftsteller und Philosoph
Jean Paul Sartre Foto
Jean Paul Sartre110
französischer Romancier, Dramatiker, Philosoph und Publizist
Paul Claudel Foto
Paul Claudel2
französischer Schriftsteller, Dichter und Diplomat
Jean Cocteau Foto
Jean Cocteau16
französischer Schriftsteller, Regisseur, Maler und Choreogr…
George Santayana Foto
George Santayana2
spanischer Philosoph und Schriftsteller
André Gide Foto
André Gide16
französischer Schriftsteller; Literaturnobelpreisträger 1947
George Orwell Foto
George Orwell93
britischer Schriftsteller, Essayist und Journalist
André Breton Foto
André Breton2
Französischer Dichter und Schriftsteller
Heutige Jubiläen
Ernst Thälmann Foto
Ernst Thälmann14
deutscher Politiker (KPD), MdHB, MdR 1886 - 1944
Charlie Chaplin Foto
Charlie Chaplin41
britischer Schauspieler und Filmregisseur 1889 - 1977
Dschingis Khan Foto
Dschingis Khan11
Khan der Mongolen, der weite Teile Zentralasiens und Nordch… 1162 - 1227
Benedikt XVI. Foto
Benedikt XVI.11
265. Papst der römisch-katholischen Kirche 1927
Weitere 57 heutige Jubiläen
Ähnliche Autoren
Henry De Montherlant Foto
Henry De Montherlant11
französischer Schriftsteller
Michel Foucault Foto
Michel Foucault10
französischer Philosoph
Albert Camus Foto
Albert Camus98
französischer Schriftsteller und Philosoph
Jean Paul Sartre Foto
Jean Paul Sartre110
französischer Romancier, Dramatiker, Philosoph und Publizist
Paul Claudel Foto
Paul Claudel2
französischer Schriftsteller, Dichter und Diplomat