Paul Valery Quotes (76 quotes)
La Crise de l'Esprit Letter 1 (1919)
“The great virtues of the German people have created more evils than idleness ever did vices.”
In French: "Les grandes vertus des peuples allemands ont engendré plus de maux que l'oisiveté jamais n'a créé de vices." - La Crise de l'esprit (1919)
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Born: October 30, 1871
Died: July 20, 1945 (aged 73)
Bio: Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry was a French poet, essayist, and philosopher. His interests were sufficiently broad that he can be classified as a polymath. In addition to his poetry and fiction and aphorisms on art, history, letters, music, and current events.
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“Most critical writing is drivel and half of it is dishonest. It is a short cut to oblivion, anyway. Thinking in terms of ideas destroys the power to think in terms of emotions and sensations.”