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Marcel Proust Quote: “When a man is asleep, he has in a circle round him the chain of the hours, the sequence of the years, the order of the heavenly host.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Man is the creature that cannot emerge from himself, that knows his fellows only in himself; when he asserts the contrary, he is lying.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “We strive all the time to give our life its form, but we do so by copying willy-nilly, like a drawing, the features of the person that we are and not of the person we should like to be.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Under each station of the real, another glimmers.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “A woman one loves rarely suffices for all our needs, so we deceive her with another whom we do not love.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “People who laugh so heartily at what they themselves have said, when it is not funny, dispense us accordingly, by taking upon themselves the responsibility for the mirth, from joining in it.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Words do not change their meanings so drastically in the course of centuries as, in our minds, names do in the course of a year or two.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “We forgive the crimes of individuals, but not their participation in a collective crime.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “The most powerful soporific is sleep itself.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “She’s got feet like boats, whiskers like an American, and her undies are filthy.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “In the end they come to fill out so completely the curve of his cheeks, to follow so exactly the line of his nose, they blend so harmoniously in the sound of his voice that these seem to be no more than a transparent envelope, so that each time we see the face or hear the voice it is our own ideas of him which we recognise and to which we listen. And.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “For instinct dictates our duty and the intellect supplies us with pretexts for evading it.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Like a blood-red sky that warns the passerby, “There is a fire over there,” certain blazing looks often reveal passions that they serve merely to reflect. They are flames in the mirror.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “We do not receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can make for us, which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world. The lives that you admire, the attitudes that seem noble to you, have not been shaped by a paterfamilias or a schoolmaster, they have sprung from very different beginnings, having been influenced by evil or commonplace that prevailed round them. They represent a struggle and a victory.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “But old age, to begin with, has something in common with death. Some face it with indifference, not because they have more courage than others, but because they have less imagination.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “His jealousy, like an octopus which throws out a first, then a second, and finally a third tentacle, fastened itself irremovably first to that moment, five o’clock in the afternoon, then to another, then to another again. But Swann was incapable of inventing his sufferings. They were only the memory, the perpetuation of a suffering that had come to him from without.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “A man of letters, merely by reading a phrase, can estimate exactly the literary merit of its author.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “A woman whom we need and who makes us suffer elicits from us a whole gamut of feelings far more profound and vital than a man of genius who interests us.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “In the human race, the frequency of the virtues that are identical in us all is not more wonderful than the multiplicity of the defects that are peculiar to each one of us. Undoubtedly, it is not common sense that is “the commonest thing in the world”; it is human kindness.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “In the V-shaped opening of her crape bodice Mlle. Vinteuil felt the sting of her friend’s sudden kiss;...”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “One reads the papers as one wants to with a bandage over one’s eyes without trying to understand the facts, listening to the soothing words of the editor as to the words of one s mistress.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “We fear more than the loss of anything else the disappearance of possessions that have remained outside ourselves, because our hearts have not taken possession of them.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Adultery breathes new life into marriages which have been left for dead.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “I believe that all true art is classic, but the dictates of the mind rarely permit of its being recognized as such when it first appears.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “I had long since given up trying to extract from a woman as it were the square root of her unknown quantity, the mystery of which a mere introduction was generally enough to dispel.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “The whole art of living is to use the people who make us suffer simply as steps enabling us to obtain access to their divine form and thus joyfully to people our lives with divinities.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “People claim that we recapture for a moment the self that we were long ago when we enter some house or garden in which we used to live in our youth. But these are most hazardous pilgrimages, which end as often in disappointment as in success. It is in ourselves that we should rather seek to find those fixed places, contemporaneous with different years.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “There are mountainous, arduous days, up which one takes an infinite time to climb, and downward-sloping days which one can descend at full tilt, singing as one goes.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “But sometimes it is just when everything seems to be lost that we experience a presentiment that may save us; one has knocked on all the doors which lead nowhere, and then, unwittingly, one pushes against the only one through which one may enter and for which one would have searched in vain for a hundred years, and it opens.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Knowing does not always allow us to prevent, but at least the things that we know, we hold them, if not in our hands, but at leastin our thoughts where we may dispose of them at our whim, which gives us the illusion of power over them.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Those whose suffering is due to love are, as we say of certain invalids, their own physicians.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Il faudrait choisir de cesser de souffrir ou de cesser d’aimer.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “That is why the better part of our memories exists outside us, in a blatter of rain, in the smell of an unaired room or of the first crackling brushwood fire in a cold grate: wherever, in short, we happen upon what our mind, having no use for it, had rejected, the last treasure that the past has in store, the richest, that which, when all our flow of tears seems to have dried at the source, can make us weep again.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “A man may have spent his life among the great ones of the earth, who to him have been merely boring relatives or tedious acquaintances because a familiarity engendered in the cradle had stripped them of all glamour in his eyes.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “We try to discover in things, which become precious to us on that account, the reflection of what our soul has projected on to them; we are disillusioned when we find that they are in reality devoid of the charm which they owed, in our minds, to the association of certain ideas; sometimes we mobilise all our spiritual forces in a glittering array in order to bring our influence to bear on other human beings who, we very well know, are situated outside ourselves where we can never reach them.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “He sat there silent, watching their love expire.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “This was because, in the most genuine exhaustion, there is, especially in neurotic people, an element that depends upon attracting their attention and is kept going only by an act of memory. We at once feel tired as soon as we are afraid of feeling tired, and, to throw off our fatigue, it suffices us to forget about it.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Error, by force of contrast, enhances the triumph of Truth.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Our belief that a person takes part in an unknown life which his or her love would allow us to enter is, of all that love demands in order to come into being, what it prizes the most, and what makes it care little for the rest.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Three-quarters of the expenditure of wit and the lies told out of vanity that have been squandered since the world began by people who in doing so merely diminish themselves have been squandered on inferiors.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “I felt even disappointed when he resumed the thread of his narrative.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Real life, life finally uncovered and clarified, the only life in consequence lived to the full, is literature. Life in this sense dwells within all ordinary people as much as the artist. But they do not see it because they are not trying to shed light on it.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Proust was the greatest novelist of the twentieth century, just as Tolstoy was in the nineteenth.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Everything that seems imperishable tends to extinguishment.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “The beauty of images lies behind things, the beauty of ideas in front of them.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “Nobility is often no more than the inner aspect which our egotistical feelings assume when we have not yet named and classified them.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “He lives at Balbec?” crooned the Baron in a tone so far from interrogatory that it is regrettable that the written language does not possess a sign other than the question mark to end such apparently unquestioning remarks. It is true that such a sign would be of little use except to M. de Charlus.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “According to a charming law of nature which is evident even in the most sophisticated societies, we live in complete ignorance of whatever we love.”
Marcel Proust Quote: “There are people whose faces assume an unaccustomed beauty and majesty the moment they cease to look out of their eyes.”
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