On Literary Pleasure – Paul Valéry

Le plaisir littéraire n’est pas d’exprimer sa pensée tant que de trouver ce qu’on n’attendait pas de soi.

Literary pleasure is not to express one’s thought as long as to find what was not expected of oneself.

– Paul Valéry, Cahiers (Poétique, 1917-1918)

“Our real enemy is not the virus but our response to the virus.” — Art of Quotation

” Sometimes people ask me what it takes to be a writer. The only things you have to do, I tell them, are read constantly; write for thousands of hours; and have the masochistic ability to absorb a great deal of rejection and isolation. As it turns out, these qualities have prepared me well to deal […]

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