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Paul Valéry

 

An interesting guy named Paul Valery said this:

"Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees."
Pretty pithy. I think you can substitute "listening" for "seeing" and have an equally true statement.
"Listening is forgetting the name of the person one hears."
Check out what else he had to say:
Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them.

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.

What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known, so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves.

A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator.

Love is being stupid together.

The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.

If some great catastrophe is not announced every morning, we feel a certain void. "Nothing in the paper today," we sigh.

The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen.

The world acquires value only through its extremes and endures only through moderation; extremists make the world great, the moderates give it stability.

There is no word in isolation.

Thinker! That ridiculous name, and yet one could find a man who would be neither a philosopher nor a poet, not definable by the object of his thought nor by his quest after some exterior goal, such as a book, a doctrine, a science, the truth . . . but who would be a thinker in the same way as one is a dancer, using his mind the way the dancer uses his muscles and nerves . . . an artist not so much of knowledge but of himself.

That is such a feast of provocation on which to savor...

A friend of mine who also enjoys quotes and the thoughts of others is Tony Gallegos, who is, in my esteem, the most exceptional mortgage industry blogger out there. Any company who retains him enjoys a bounty, to be sure. His latest burst of quotes are found here.

 


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by Brett Rogers, 7/30/2007 3:18:00 PM
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