By Paul Valéry, Jackson Mathews
A number of writings that painting the interior lifetime of the artist. incorporated are numerous brief autobiographical items during which Valéry talks approximately his early youth, his early life, his army adventure, his travels, his poetry, and his buddies. the amount includes choices from the Valéry-Gide and Valéry-Fourment correspondence and extra items, "The Avenues of the Mind," interview with Valéry published in 1927, and Pierre Feline's "Memories of Paul Valéry."
Originally released in 1975.
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What did he mean? What docs it mean to measure? Is it not to substitute for the object we are measuring the symbol of a human act whose repetition obliterates this 28 MEDITERRANEAN INSPIRATIONS object? To say that man is the measure of all things is thus to set up against the diversity of the world the ensemble or group of human potentialities; and it is also to set up against the diversity of our moments and the mobility of our impressions, and even the particularity of our individuality, our own unique and, as it were, specialized person confined in our local and fragmentary life, a ME who sums it up, dominates and contains it, as a law contains the particular case, as the sense ot our own powers contains all die acts possible to us.
E. Henley had the singular idea of asking me to write a kind of philoso phical commentary on that same question. At first I felt very much embarrassed by this request, but I finally gave him a general outline of views on the method, which he published in French at the beginning of the year '97. I returned to England much later in 1922. My friend G. Jean-Aubry had the excellent idea of organising a few lectures which I delivered in London. He seized the occasion of my visit, which coincided with the fixing of a commemo rative medallion on the house where Verlaine stayed in 1872, Howland Street, Tottenliam Court Road.
I do not have the honor of being a philosopher. If I allowed myself to be carried away, it was because to look at the sea is to look at the possible. . But to look at the possible is, if not quite philosophy, at least a germ of philosophy, philosophy in a nasccnt state. Ask yourself how a philosophic thought could originate. As for me, I never attempt to reply when I ask myself this question, for my mind carries me at once to the shore of a marvelously luminous sea. There, the perceptible elements (or aliments) of the state of mind from which the most MOI general thought, the most comprehensive question ger minates, are brought together: light and space, leisure and rhythm, transparency and depth.
Collected Works of Paul Valery, Volume 15: Moi by Paul Valéry, Jackson Mathews