I adore this quote: “The very act of writing, he decided, was one of vanity, and set to free himself at no matter what cost, from those falsehoods: literature and sentiment.”

Originally posted on dVerse:

Paul-Valery“What one wrote playfully, another reads with tension and passion; what one wrote with tension and passion, another reads playfully.” ―
Paul Valéry

An influential French symbolist poet, Paul Valéry was a thinker and a writer who believed in exact representation. Rather than dwell on his history which is diverse and intriguing, his view of the world and thought were the primary influences of his writing.

Valéry was born in 1871 in Sète, a town on the Mediterranean coast of France, educated in Sette and obtained his licence in 1892 after studying law at the University of Montpellier. Valéry’s earliest publications were from his mid-twenties although he did not write full time until 1920.

In 1892, Valéry underwent a personal transformation during a severe thunderstorm in Genoa and discovered the ‘revolution of the mind’, turned his back on writing poetry and dedicated himself to gaining ‘maximum knowledge and control of…

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