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Paul Valéry : "The adversary's great triumph...

The adversary’s great triumph is have you believe what he says of you

Paul Valéry

“Le grand triomphe de l’adversaire est de vous faire croire ce qu’il dit de vous.” 6 more words

"Wisdoms", a poem by P. Valéry


One wisdom runs away from love
Like the beast flees the fire;
She’s scared of being devoured.
She’s afraid of being consumed.

One wisdom looks for it, 89 more words

Rediscover the Greatness of Spirit


While waiting for my MRI on Friday, I was reading a book by Rob Riemen, To Fight Against this Age: On Fascism and Humanism. It actually felt good to have a book with me instead of looking at my iPhone while waiting. 812 more words


Crisis of a Mind

~ Chess Story by Stefan Zweig ~

“A civilization has the same fragility as a life,” wrote Paul Valéry a few months before the Treaty of Versailles. 235 more words

Book Reviews

Le Cemitière Marin

Μή, φίλα ψυχά, βίον ἀθάνατον
σπεῦδε, τὰν δ’ ἔμπρακτον ἄντλει μαχανάν.

Pindare, Pythiques, III. 

Ce toit tranquille, où marchent des colombes,
Entre les pins palpite, entre les tombes ;

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Paul Valéry, a poem about the thinker & the sea

This quiet roof, where dove-sails saunter by,
Between the pines, the tombs, throbs visibly.
Impartial noon patterns the sea in flame —
That sea forever starting and re-starting. 113 more words