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Paul Valéry

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Biography - Paul Valéry:

French poet, essayist and philosopher.
Born: 1871 - Died: 1945
Period:
20th century
19th century
Place of birth: France
France

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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Quotes for: thought


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Quotes about thought:


Great thoughts come from the heart.





People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.





The thought of death betrays us, for it makes us forget to live.





Lucidity adds beauty to profound thoughts.





I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.





Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity.











Quotes for: History


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Quotes about history:


What experience and history teach is this — that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.





Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.





Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.





Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world's original sin. If the caveman had known how to laugh, History would have been different.





What is history? An echo of the past in the future a reflex from the future on the past.





If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.











Quotes for: absurd


Quotes

Quotes for: absurd


Whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.





Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.





Absurd is lucid reason noting its limits.





Whatsoever is contrary to nature is contrary to reason, and whatsoever is contrary to reason is absurd.





Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.





The absurd is born of the confrontation between the human call and the unreasonable silence of the world.











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Paul Valéry also said...


One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather.





Men differ by what they show, and have in common what they hide.





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





A very dangerous state of mind: thinking one understands.





The greatest liberty is born of the greatest rigor.





We civilizations now know ourselves mortal.












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