Literary Birthday – 30 October – Paul Valéry

Seven Quotes

  1. The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.
  2. A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
  3. Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.
  4. Poe is the only impeccable writer. He was never mistaken.
  5. What one wrote playfully, another reads with tension and passion; what one wrote with tension and passion, another reads playfully.
  6. To enter into your own mind you need to be armed to the teeth.
  7. Poetry is a separate language, or more specifically, a language within a language.

Paul Valéry was a French poet, essayist, and philosopher. Along with Paul Verlaine and Stéphane Mallarmé, Valéry is considered one the most important Symbolist writers. His self-conscious and philosophical style influenced T. S. Eliot and John Ashbery.

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by Amanda Patterson

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