More From 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."
- "God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly."
- "The history of thought may be summed up in these words: it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds."
More In Poetry
- "I’m a believer in belief. Faith is something that works – it causes people to do things, it has results. It’s an intangible, indefinable, very real thing. And it moves people, sometimes to atrocity. And sometimes to survival."― Tommy Lee Jones
- "I had been found in a mud puddle at 4:30 in the morning."― Lance Loud
- "Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea."― John Updike