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"Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business."

“Politics is the art of preventing people from busying themselves with what is their own business.”

Paul Valery, French, poet, philosopher

French

The lantern battery and the golem

Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.

—Paul Valéry

Yesterday morning, my wife asked me: “Have you seen the illustration for Michael Chabon’s new essay?” She thrust the latest issue of…

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Books

One-Lined Ideas for Writers, Part II

The suites of transformations you need to express things, respecting the conditions your have to respect.

You write, you read what you just wrote, in a loop. 208 more words

One-Lined Ideas for Writers, Part I

A writer doesn’t find his words. While he searches, he finds better ones.

How to read an instinct?

A writer places himherself on a place where he finds things on the left and language on the right. 260 more words

Two Thinkers Letters & Friendship : #Gide & #Valéry

Some friendships don’t need any oath.

It’s just there.

These days I’m happy because I found the best thinker I could imagine.

Paul Valéry… 313 more words

The girdle (from Paul Valéry)

The girdle

                   from Paul Valéry

When the sky the colour of a cheek
at last allows eyes to cherish it
and when at the gilded point of dying… 57 more words

Thought For the Day: Liberty Is the Hardest Test

“Liberty is the hardest test that one can inflict on a people. To know how to be free is not given equally to all men and all nations.” 19 more words

Thought For The Day