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Marcel Proust Quote: “Love is not vain because it is frustrated, but because it is fulfilled. The people we love turn to ashes when we posess them.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “To have a kind heart is everything.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Conversation, which is friendship’s mode of expression, is a superficial digression which gives us nothing worth acquiring. We may talk for a lifetime without doing more than indefinitely repeat the vacuity of a minute.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Things don’t change, but by and by our wishes change.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “A cathedral, a wave of a storm, a dancer’s leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “La possession de ce qu’on aime est une joie plus grande encore que l’amour. Possessing what one loves is an even greater joy than love itself.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Nature hardly seems capable of giving us any but quite short illnesses. But medicine has annexed to itself the art of prolonging them.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Less disappointing than life, great works of art do not begin by giving us all their best.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “I should have been happy: I wasn’t.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “In love, happiness is an abnormal state.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “En cuanto somos desdichados, nos volvemos morales.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Existence is of little interest save on days when the dust of realities is mingled with magic sand.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “The truth is that every morning war is declared afresh. And the men who wish to continue it are as guilty as the men who began it, more guilty perhaps, for the latter perhaps did not foresee all its horrors.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “The features of our face are hardly more than gestures which force of habit made permanent. Nature, like the destruction of Pompeii, like the metamorphosis of a nymph into a tree, has arrested us in an accustomed movement.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “My mother had to abandon her quest, but managed to extract from the restriction itself a further delicate thought, like good poets whom the tyranny of rhyme forces into the discovery of their finest lines.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Our worst fears, like our greatest hopes, are not outside our powers, and we can come in the end to triumph over the former and to achieve the latter.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “A work should convey its entire meaning by itself, imposing it on the spectator even before he knows what the subject is.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “The duty and the task of a writer are those of an interpreter.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “There are optical illusions in time as well as space.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Quartering the topmost branches of one of the tall trees, an invisible bird was striving to make the day seem shorter, exploring with a long-drawn note the solitude that pressed it on every side, but it received at once so unanimous an answer, so powerful a repercussion of silence and of immobility, that one felt it had arrested for all eternity the moment which it had been trying to make pass more quickly.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “A doctor who doesn’t say too many foolish things is a patient half-cured.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Unkindness is inspired by hatred, anger fuels it into action in which there is no great joy; it would take sadism to turn it into something pleasurable; unkind people imagine themselves to be inflicting pain on someone equally unkind.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Our shadows, now parallel, now close together and joined, traced an exquisite pattern at our feet.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “We can only be faithful to what we remember, and we remember only what we have known.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “We were resigned to suffering, thinking that we loved outside ourselves, and we perceive that our love is a function of our sorrow, that our love perhaps is our sorrow...”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Only imagination and belief can differentiate from the rest certain objects, certain people, and can create an atmosphere.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “The social leaders who refuse to allow politics into society are as foreseeing as the soldiers who refuse to allow politics to permeate the army. Society is like the sexual appetite; one does not know at what forms of perversion it may not arrive, once we have allowed our choice to be dictated by aesthetic considerations.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “For a man cannot change, that is to say become another person, while he continues to obey the dictates of the self which he has ceased to be.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Perhaps she would not have thought of wickedness as a state so rare, so abnormal, so exotic, one which it was so refreshing to visit, had she been able to distinguish in herself, as in all her fellow-men and women, that indifference to the sufferings which they cause which, whatever names else be given it, is the one true, terrible and lasting form of cruelty.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “There’s nothing like desire to prevent the things one says from having any resemblance to the things in one’s mind.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Desire makes everything blossom.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “He imagined himself lying there, unable to sleep, thinking of his mother, separated from her by the unresponsive blankets tucked too tightly round him, feeling the ceaseless thumping of his heart in the silence of the night, the irrevocability of absence, the rigid stillness of repose, the agony of solitude and sleeplessness. If the room was a prison, the bed was a tomb.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “No doubt very few people understand the purely subjective nature of the phenomenon that we call love, or how it creates, so to speak, a supplementary person, distinct from the person whom the world knows by the same name, a person most of whose constituent elements are derived from ourselves.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “A ‘real’ person, profoundly as we may sympathise with him, is in a great measure perceptible only through our senses, that is to say, he remains opaque, offers a dead weight which our sensibilities have not the strength to lift.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “I feel infinite sadness at seeing how few people are genuinely kind.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Depth of character, or a melancholy expression on a woman’s face would freeze his senses, which would, however, immediately melt at the sight of healthy, abundant, rosy human flesh.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “All the great writers are like that: the beauty of their sentences, like the beauty of a woman one has not yet met, is unforeseeable...”
Marcel Proust Quote: “There is, following an ample meal, a sort of pause in time, filled with a gentle slackening of thought and energy, when to sit doing nothing gives us a sense of life’s richness and a feeling that the least effort would be intolerable. The melancholy we took with us to table has disappeared and, if we think of it at all it is only to smile, as at some black mood now past, its cause having gone. And with the melancholy, all scruple, all remorse departs from us.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “How else learn the real, if not by inventing what might lie outside it?”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Anything we have not had to decipher, to bring to light by our own effort, anything which was already clearly visible, is not our own.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow, since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Perfume is that last and best reserve of the past, the one which when all out tears have run dry, can make us cry again!”
Marcel Proust Quote: “We believe we can change things according to our wishes because that’s the only happy solution we can see. We don’t think of what usually happens and what is also a happy solution; things don’t change, but by and by our wishes change.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Like a kaleidoscope which is every now and then given a turn, society arranges successively in different orders elements which one would have supposed immutable, and composes a new pattern.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “We love only what we do not wholly possess.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Photography is the product of complete alienation.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Love is space and time made perceptible to the heart.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “In reality, in love there is a permanent suffering which joy neutralizes, renders virtual delays, but which can at any moment become what it would have become long earlier if one had not obtained what one wanted – atrocious.”
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