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Marcel Proust Quotes


Valentin-Louis-Georges-Eugène-Marcel Proust was a French novelist, essayist and critic.
(1871 - 1922)

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A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.
[Change]
 

A fashionable milieu is one in which everybody's opinion is made up of the opinion of all the others. Has everybody a different opinion? Then it is a literary milieu.
 

A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.
 

A woman one loves rarely suffices for all our needs, so we deceive her with another whom we do not love.
 

All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.
 

As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.
 

At the heart of our friendly or purely social relations, there lurks a hostility momentarily cured but recurring in fits and starts.
[Human Relations]
 

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.
 

Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions, and composed our masterpieces. Never will the world know all it owes to them, nor all they have suffered to enrich us.
 

Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments.
 

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

Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.
 

If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
 

If only for the sake of elegance, I try to remain morally pure.
 

Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.
 

In a separation it is the one who is not really in love who says the more tender things.
 

In theory one is aware that the earth revolves, but in practice one does not perceive it, the ground upon which one treads seems not to move, and one can live undisturbed. So it is with Time in one's life.
 

It is always during a passing state of mind that we make lasting resolutions.
 

It is always thus, impaled by a state of mind which is destined not to last, that we make our irrevocable decisions.
[Decisions]
 

It is grief that develops the powers of the mind.
[Adversity]
 


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