Saturday, July 21, 2018


Mighty Men of State

Roger Shattuck, Introduction to Collected Works of Paul Valéry, Vol. 11: Occasions (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1970), p. xi:
François Valéry relates how his father at the family dinner table liked to refer to himself as a "government anarchist" and had blunt words for the mighty men of state he began to see more and more often: "They don't know any more than anyone else. They're all buffoons."

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