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

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

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Politeness is organized indifference.
- Paul Valery

Love is being stupid together.
- Paul Valery

An artist never really finishes his work,
he merely abandons it.
- Paul Valery

 

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

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.
- Paul Valery

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery,
a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a
spring of capital truths,
and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.
- Paul Valery

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A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
- Paul Valery

A man who is "of sound mind" is one who keeps the inner
madman under lock and key.
- Paul Valery

Poe is the only impeccable writer.
He was never mistaken.
- Paul Valery

A man's true secrets are more secret to himself than they are to others.
- Paul Valery

A businessman is a hybrid of a dancer and a calculator.
- Paul Valery

The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry
of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect.
- Paul Valery

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

Power without abuse loses its charm.
- Paul Valery

A man is infinitely more complicated than his thoughts.
- Paul Valery

History is the science of things which are not repeated.
- Paul Valery

Serious-minded people have few ideas.
People with ideas are never serious.
- Paul Valery

That which has always been accepted by everyone,
everywhere, is almost certain to be false.
- Paul Valery

Two dangers constantly threaten the world:
order and disorder.
- Paul Valery

Long years must pass before the truths we have made
for ourselves become our very flesh.
- Paul Valery

War: a massacre of people who don't know each other
for the profit of people who know each other but don't massacre each other.
- Paul Valery

The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely
different idea of the things we know best.
- Paul Valery

Books have the same enemies as people:
fire,
humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.
- Paul Valery

God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone,
gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.
- Paul Valery

Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us,
exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude
of pronouncing upon our fellows.
- Paul Valery

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

Man's great misfortune is that he has no organ,
no kind of eyelid or brake, to mask or block a thought,
or all thought, when he wants to.
- Paul Valery

To write regular verses destroys an infinite number of fine possibilities,
but at the same time it suggests a multitude of distant
and totally unexpected thoughts.
- Paul Valery

We are enriched by our reciprocate differences.
- Paul Valery

At times I think and at times I am.
- Paul Valery

A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone.
- Paul Valery

The history of thought may be summed up in these words:
it is absurd by what it seeks and great by what it finds.
- Paul Valery

A man is a poet if difficulties inherent in his art provide him with ideas;
he is not a poet if they deprive him of ideas.
- Paul Valery

That which has been believed by everyone,
always and everywhere, has every chance of being false.
- Paul Valery

In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well.
- Paul Valery

The trouble is,
if you don't risk anything,
you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

When trouble arises and things look bad,
there is always one individual who perceives a solution
and is willing to take command.
Very often, that individual is crazy.
- Dave Barry

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
- George Washington

Do not anticipate trouble,
or worry about what may never happen.
Keep in the sunlight.
- Benjamin Franklin

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

A "No" uttered from deepest conviction
is better and greater than a "Yes" merely uttered to please,
or what is worse, to avoid trouble.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Friends are angels who lift us to our feet
when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.
- Anonymous

Move to your heart, Breathe.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply - slowly -
fill your lungs with love and gratitude -
exhale each and every trouble -
again and again - gratitude in, troubles out.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A quotation is a handy thing to have about,
saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Nobody, as long as he moves about
among the chaotic currents of life,
is without trouble.
- Carl Jung

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The trouble with having an open mind, of course,
is that people will insist on coming along
and trying to put things in it.
- Terry Pratchett

The trouble with the world is not
that people know too little,
but that they know so many things that ain't so.
- Mark Twain

The trouble with law is lawyers.
- Clarence Darrow

I used to sell furniture for a living.
The trouble was, it was my own.
- Les Dawson

When trouble comes, it's your family that supports you.
- Guy Lafleur

When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble,
delegate; when in charge, ponder.
- James H. Boren

Trouble is, kids feel they have to shock their elders
and each generation grows up into something harder to shock.
- Ben Lindsey

All marriages are happy.
It's the living together afterward that causes all the trouble.
- Raymond Hull

My motto was always to keep swinging.
Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field,
the only thing to do was keep swinging.
- Hank Aaron

The trouble with a kitten is that eventually it becomes a cat.
- Ogden Nash

Every government is a parliament of whores.
The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us.
- P. J. O'Rourke

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win,
you're still a rat.
- Lily Tomlin

The trouble with travelling back later on is that you
can never repeat the same experience.
- Michael Palin

Love is the self-delusion we manufacture to justify
the trouble we take to have sex.
- Daniel S. Greenberg

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is,
he's stuck with so many bad actors
who don't know how to play funny.
- Garrison Keillor

I love those who can smile in trouble,
who can gather strength from distress,
and grow brave by reflection.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Dad, I'm in some trouble.
There's been an accident and you're going to hear all
sorts of things about me from now on.
Terrible things.
- Edward Kennedy

You know, it takes two to get one in trouble.
- the movie She Done Him Wrong (1933)

The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass.
- Martin Mull

Birds are indicators of the environment.
If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble.
- Roger Tory Peterson

The trouble with always trying to preserve the health
of the body is that it is so difficult to do without
destroying the health of the mind.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Do not trouble yourself much
to get new things, whether clothes or friends...
Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
- Henry David Thoreau


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