Let’s listen and daydream with Paul Valéry‘s seeds (sorry for my English, it’s pretty hard to translate this sharp spirit)…
“Mais la vérité et la vie sont désordre; les filiations et les parentés qui ne sont pas surprenantes ne sont pas réelles”.
“But the truth and the life are messy; the filiations and the kinships which are not surprising are not real”.
List of what Stendhal hated the most in his life :
…pettiness, absence of all whims, terror of opinion, terror of loving what we love, traditions, the little city, the local vanity, inflicted mediocrity…
“Spéculation sur le lecteur futur” : Speculation on the future reader
…is maybe what bloggers do, hmm? I’m not really read now but one day I will…
Something in the way we write (dry, fast, casual) implying an unknown person who will read it one day…
Paul Valéry about “writing for someone”?
About Stendhal’s style :
- Negligences, the willpower of negligence, disdain of all formal qualities of style.
- Diverse pillagings and quantities of plagiarisms : the essential for the accused is to become infinitely more interesting than his victims – “from other’s bleak possessions, he rebuilds work one can read, because it’s weaved with a certain tone.”
Oohhh that’s baaaad, right?
- “Fuir le style poetique, et faire sentir qu’on le fuit”
- “To shun the poetic style, and make feel that we shun it”
“Nous savons bien qu’on ne se dévoile que pour quelque effet”
“We know well that we unveil ourselves only for some effect”
There are two ways to falsify : to embellish, and the application to sound true.
“La confidence songe toujours à la gloire, au scandale, à l’excuse, à la propagande”
“A confidence always dreams for glory, scandal, excuse, or propaganda”
Fears : fictional and wished
The “worse” is the food of critical temperaments
Those who want to detect, define and administer the whole social filth
“Toutes les fois que nous accusons et que nous jugeons, le fond n’est pas atteint”
“Each time we accuse and judge, the crux is not reached”
To live. To appeal. To be loved. To love. To write. Not to be duped. To be myself. To achieve…
Hmm : pick one, write an article, OK?
Have a nice day!
The Cahiers/Notebooks of Paul Valéry are a unique form of writing. They reveal Valéry as one of the most radical and creative minds of the twentieth century, encompassing a wide range of investigation into all spheres of human activity. His work explores the arts, the sciences, philosophy, history and politics, investigating linguistic, psychological and social issues, all linked to the central questions, relentlessly posed: ‘what is the human mind and how does it work?’, ‘what is the potential of thought and what are its limits?’