Marcel Proust Quotes

98 Marcel Proust quotes:

"In his younger days a man dreams of possessing the heart of the woman whom he loves; later, the feeling that he possesses the heart of a woman may be enough to make him fall in love with her."
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"Impelled by a state of mind which is destined not to last, we make our irrevocable decisions"
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"We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually ourdesire changes. The situation that we hoped to change because it was intolerablebecomes unimportant. We have not managed to surmount the obstacle, as wewere absolutely determined to do, but life has taken us round it, led us past it, andthen if we turn round to gaze at the remote past, we can barely catch sight of it, soimperceptible has it become."
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"The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
"For each illness that doctors cure with medicine, they provoke ten in healthy people by inoculating them with the virus that is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill."
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"A cathedral, a wave of storm, a dancer's leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped."
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"Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments"
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"The regularity of a habit is generally in proportion to its absurdity."
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"Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit."
"People can have many different kinds of pleasure. The real one is that for which they will forsake the others."
"There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory."
"Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them."
"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."
"Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind."
"It is always during a passing state of mind that we make lasting resolutions."
"Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible."
"The only paradise is paradise lost."
"It is not because other people are dead that our affection for them grows faint, it is because we ourselves are dying."
"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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"Our intellect is not the most subtle, the most powerful, the most appropriate, instrument for revealing the truth. It is life that, little by little, example by example, permits us to see that what is most important to our heart, or to our mind, is learned not by reasoning but through other agencies. Then it is that the intellect, observing their superiority, abdicates its control to them upon reasoned grounds and agrees to become their collaborator and lackey."

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