Marcel Proust

1871 - 1922

A Quote by Marcel Proust on books, kindness, and work

Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on death, faith, hope, past, people, rest, soul, time, and vitality

When, from a long distant past, nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, still, alone, more fragile, but with more vitality, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised for a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unfaltering . . . the vast structure of recollection.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on christ, company, complaints, composers, day, fashion, feeling, force, ideas, jesus, logic, mind, mistakes, poetry, psychiatry, sanity, wives, and words

But this does not exempt the sane from a feeling of alarm when a madman who has composed a sublime poem, after explaining to them in the most logical fashion that he has been shut up by mistake through his wife's machinations, imploring them to intercede for him with the governor of the asylum, complaining of the promiscuous company that is forced upon him, concludes as follows: "You see that man in the courtyard, who I'm obliged to put up with; he thinks he's Jesus Christ. That should give you an idea of the sort of lunatics I've been shut up with: he can't be Jesus Christ, because I'm Jesus Christ!" A moment earlier, you were on the point of going to assure the psychiatrist that a mistake had been made. On hearing these words, even if you bear in mind the admirable poem at which this same man is working every day, you shrink from him. . . .

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on change, people, and time

Though time changes people, it does not alter the image we have kept of them.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on company, fear, learning, and silence

We have nothing to fear and a great deal to learn from trees, that vigorous and pacific tribe which without stint produces strengthening essences for us, soothing balms, and in whose gracious company we spend so many cool, silent and intimate hours.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

Source: Pleasures and Regrets, 1896

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on losing

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Les vrais paradis sont les paradis qu'on a perdus. The true paradises are the lost paradises.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on possessions, suffering, women, and world

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 (1871 - 1922)

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on art

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Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

Source: Maxims

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on memory and mind

The bonds that unite another person to ourself exist only in our mind. Memory as it grows fainter relaxes them.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on discovery

The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

Source: Remembrance of Things Past

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