Marcel Proust

1871 - 1922

A Quote by Marcel Proust on learning, mistakes, and time

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 (1871 - 1922)

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on achievement, garden, nature, and time

If, I can someday see M. Claude Monet's garden, I feel sure that I shall see something that is not so much a garden of flowers as of colours and tones, less an old-fashioned flower garden than a colour garden, so to speak, one that achieves an effect not entirely nature's, because it was planted so that only the flowers with matching colours will bloom at the same time, harmonized in an infinite stretch of blue or pink.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

Source: "Splendours". Le Figaro, June 15, 1907

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on change and wishes

Things don't change, but by and by our wishes change.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on art, posterity, and work

What artists call posterity is the posterity of the work of art.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on body, grief, happiness, and mind

Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on change, desires, determination, life, obstacles, past, and success

We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes. The situation that we hoped to change because it was intolerable becomes unimportant. We have not managed to surmount the obstacle, as were absolutely determined to do, but life has taken us around it, led us past it, and then if we turn around to gaze at the remote past, we can barely catch sight of it, so imperceptible has it become.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

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A Quote by Marcel Proust on art, disappointment, giving, and life

Less disappointing than life, great works of art do not begin by giving us all their best.

Marcel Proust (1871 - 1922)

Source: Within a Budding Grove

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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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