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Paul Valéry

Geburtstag: 30. Oktober 1871
Todesdatum: 20. Juli 1945
Andere Namen: Paul Ambroise Valéry

Ambroise Paul Toussaint Jules Valéry war ein französischer Lyriker, Philosoph und Essayist.

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„Im Abgrund der Geschichte ist für alle Platz.“ La crise de l'ésprit, Première lettre; in: Valéry, Paul: Œuvres, Vol. 1 / éd. par Jean Hytier; Paris 1957, S. 988

„Die Geschichte rechtfertigt, was immer man will. Sie lehrt schlechterdings nichts, denn es gibt nichts, was sich mit ihr nicht beweisen ließe.“ Valéry, Paul: Regards sur le monde actuel; Paris : Stock, Delamain & Boutelleau, 1931. S. 19


„Poems are never finished - just abandoned“

„Politeness is organized indifference.“

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

„Love is being stupid together.“

„Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.“

„God made everything out of nothing. But the nothingness shows through.“


„To see is to forget the name of the thing one sees.“

„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.“ The Art of Poetry

„Our most important thoughts are those that contradict our emotions.“

„Sometime I think; and sometime I am.“


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

„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.“

„To enter into your own mind you need to be armed to the teeth.“

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

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