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Top 500 Marcel Proust Quotes (2023 Update)
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Marcel Proust Quote: “The time at our disposal each day is elastic; the passions we feel dilate it, those that inspire us shrink it, and habit fills it.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “After a certain age, the more one becomes oneself, the more obvious one’s family traits become.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Griefs, at the moment when they change into ideas, lose some of their power to injure our heart.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “A little insomnia is not without its value in making us appreciate sleep, in throwing a ray of light upon that darkness.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “The particulars of life do not matter to the artist; they merely provide him with the opportunity to lay bare his genius.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “We ought at least, from prudence, never to speak of ourselves, because that is a subject on which we may be sure that other people’s views are never in accordance with our own.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “It is our imagination that is responsible for love, not the other person.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “The stellar universe is not so difficult to understand as the real actions of other people, especially of the people with whom we are in love.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “When from a long distant past nothing subsists after the things are broken and scattered, the smell and taste of things remain.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “To the pure all things are pure!”
Marcel Proust Quote: “But sometimes illumination comes to our rescue at the very moment when all seems lost; we have knocked at every door and they open on nothing until, at last, we stumble unconsciously against the only one through which we can enter the kingdom we have sought in vain a hundred years – and it opens.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “For each illness that doctors cure with medicine, they provoke ten in healthy people by inoculating them with the virus that is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “We feel in one world, we think and name in another. Between the two we can set up a system of references, but we cannot fill in the gap.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “All the mind’s activity is easy if it is not subjected to reality.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “May you always see a blue sky overhead, my young friend; and then, even when the time comes, as it has come for me now, when the woods are black, when night is fast falling, you will be able to console yourself, as I do, by looking up at the sky.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “For every sin there is forgiveness, and especially for the sins of youth.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “People who are not in love fail to understand how an intelligent man can suffer because of a very ordinary woman. This is like being surprised that anyone should be stricken with cholera because of a creature so insignificant as the common bacillus.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “There is not a woman in the world the possession of whom is as precious as that of the truths which she reveals to us by causing us to suffer.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “There is no idea that does not carry in itself a possible refutation, no word that does not imply its opposite.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Our memory is like a shop in the window of which is exposed now one, now another photograph of the same person. And as a rule the most recent exhibit remains for some time the only one to be seen.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Indeed, among the lesser auxiliaries to success in love, an absence, the declining of an invitation to dinner, an unintentional, unconscious harshness are of more service than all the cosmetics and fine clothes in the world.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “If we are to make reality endurable, we must all nourish a fantasy or two.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “The moments of the past do not remain still; they retain in our memory the motion which drew them towards the future, towards a future which has itself become the past, and draw us on in their train.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “The sight of the little madeleine had recalled nothing to my mind before I tasted it...”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “The inertia of the mind urges it to slide down the easy slope of imagination, rather than to climb the steep slope of introspection.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “I have a horror of sunsets; they’re so romantic, so operatic.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Instead of seeking new landscapes, develop new eyes.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “The bonds that unite another person to our self exist only in our mind.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “If only for the sake of elegance, I try to remain morally pure.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Love is an incurable malady like those pathetic states in which rheumatism affords the sufferer a brief respite only to be replaced by epileptiform headaches.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “One cannot change, that is to say become a different person, while continuing to acquiesce to the feelings of the person one has ceased to be.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Just as those who practice the same profession recognize each other instinctively, so do those who practice the same vice.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Our words are, as a general rule, filled by the people to whom we address them with a meaning which those people derive from their own substance, a meaning widely different from that which we had put into the same words when we uttered them.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “I had come in time to learn that it was a mistake to smile a friendly smile when somebody made a fool of me.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “We shall see later on that the diversity of the forms of death that circulate invisibly is the cause of the peculiar unexpectedness of obituary notices in the newspapers.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “We have such numerous interests in our lives that it is not uncommon, on a single occasion, for the foundations of a happiness that does not yet exist to be laid down alongside the intensification of a grief from which we are still suffering.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “When I went to Venice I found that my dream had become-incredibly, but quite simply-my address.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “An hour is not merely an hour, it is a vase full of scents and sounds and projects and climates.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “The stellar universe is not so difficult of comprehension as the real actions of other people.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “There can be no peace of mind in love, since the advantage one has secured is never anything but a fresh starting-point for future desires.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “When two people part it is the one who is not in love who makes the tender speeches.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Truth is a point of view about things.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.”
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