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Examining a problem with Valéry

In found this very little structure in Paul Valéry’s notebooks. I cut, bolded and translated my way. As it’s a “tool”, Mr Valéry won’t be angry (and well, he died in 1945). 120 more words

Thought for Today

“History is the science of what never happens twice.”

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A man alone

A man alone is always in bad company.

Un uomo solo è sempre in cattiva compagnia.
_ Paul Valéry _

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“A man alone”
Planet Earth, 2017
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Paul Valéry about "writing for someone"?

Paul Valéry writes in one of his Notebooks a dozen lines about… writing. I translate it – sorry for my English :

One must work for Someone; and not for unknowns.

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Quote of the Day

It’s a good plan to work on several things at the same time. It yields the best results; one thing helps out the other and each is purer, more itself.

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Quote Of The Day

Reading: La fausse morte by Paul Valéry

Paul Valéry (1971-1945)

I found a short poem in a remarkable translation by Nathaniel Rudavsky-Brody:

The Faux Death
Humble, tender, against the charming tomb,

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Sur l'essence de la photographie

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Peu à peu, çà et là, quelques taches apparaissent, pareilles à un balbutiement d’être qui se réveille. Ces fragments se multiplient, se soudent, se complètent, et l’on ne peut s’empêcher de songer devant cette formation, d’abord discontinue, qui procède par bonds et éléments insignifiants, mais qui converge vers une composition reconnaissable, à bien des précipitations qui s’observent dans l’esprit; à des souvenirs qui se précisent; à des certitudes qui tout à coup se cristallisent; à la production de certains vers privilégiés, qui s’établissent, se dégageant brusquement du désordre du langage intérieur. 17 more words

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