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312 Inspiring Quotes by Marcel Proust

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Wikipedia Summary for Marcel Proust

Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (French: [maʁsɛl pʁust]; 10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922) was a French novelist, critic, and essayist who wrote the monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time; earlier rendered as Remembrance of Things Past), published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927. He is considered by critics and writers to be one of the most influential authors of the 20th century.

photo of outer space

Whose inferiority proclaimed her own supremacy so loud.

--Marcel Proust



blue and white abstract painting

Conversation, which is friendship's mode of expression, is a superficial digression which gives us nothing worth acquiring. We may talk for a lifetime without doing more than indefinitely repeat the vacuity of a minute.

--Marcel Proust


silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

One becomes moral as soon as one is unhappy.

--Marcel Proust

green leaf tree on shore

All the mind's activity is easy if it is not subjected to reality.

--Marcel Proust

rocky mountain

With women who do not love us, as with the "dear departed," the knowledge that there is no hope left does not prevent us from continuing to wait.

--Marcel Proust


full moon during day

The sight of the little madeleine had recalled nothing to my mind before I tasted it.

--Marcel Proust


person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

There is an inanimate object which has a capacity to exasperate which no human being will ever attain: a piano.

--Marcel Proust

lightning strike at night

Because happiness alone is good for the body; whereas sorrow develops the strength of the mind.

--Marcel Proust

gray satellite disc on field

She was not yet dead. But I was already alone.

--Marcel Proust


grayscale photography of raindrops

We ought at least, from prudence, never to speak of ourselves, because that is a subject on which we may be sure that other people's views are never in accordance with our own.

--Marcel Proust


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There was no need for him to hasten towards the attainment of a happiness already captured and held in a safe place, which would not escape his grasp again.

--Marcel Proust

bird's eye view photography of trees and body of water

Illness is the most heeded of doctors: to goodness and wisdom we only make promises; pain we obey.

--Marcel Proust

silhouette photography of wavy ocean

When one feels oneself smitten by love for a woman, one ought to say to oneself, 'What are her surroundings? What has been her life? All one's future happiness lies in the answer.

--Marcel Proust


black and white abstract illustration

Reality is never more than a first step towards an unknown on the road to which one can never progress very far.

--Marcel Proust

sunset

We become moral when we are unhappy.

--Marcel Proust

red moon at night

The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions that we feel expand it, those that we inspire contract it; and habit fills up what remains.

--Marcel Proust

aerial view of green lake surrounded by green trees during daytime

In short, my aunt demanded that whoever came to see her must at one and the same time approve of her way of life, commiserate with her in her sufferings, and assure her of ultimate recovery.

--Marcel Proust

purple-petaled flowers

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

white wooden dock on white sand

No exile at the South Pole or on the summit of Mont Blanc separates us more effectively from others than the practice of a hidden vice.

--Marcel Proust

yellow textile

A sort of egotistical self-evaluation is unavoidable in those joys in which erudition and art mingle and in which aesthetic pleasure may become more acute, but not remain as pure.

--Marcel Proust

person holding white book

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

white and blue ice on water

For theories and schools, like microbes and corpuscles, devour one another and by their strife ensure the continuity of life.

--Marcel Proust



empty gray floor beside pool

At the heart of our friendly or purely social relations, there lurks a hostility momentarily cured but recurring by fits and starts.

--Marcel Proust

blue and black abstract painting

I have a horror of sunsets; they're so romantic, so operatic.

--Marcel Proust



selective photography of green leaf plant

After a certain age, the more one becomes oneself, the more obvious one's family traits become.

--Marcel Proust


white sailboat on ocean

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

palm tree under orange sky

Presently, one after another, like shyly hopping sparrows, her friends arrived, black against the snow.

--Marcel Proust

green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

One must never miss an opportunity of quoting things by others which are always more interesting than those one thinks up oneself.

--Marcel Proust

sunset

We don't receive wisdom we must discover it for ourselves.

--Marcel Proust

white flowers

There's nothing like desire to prevent the things one says from having any resemblance to the things in one's mind.

--Marcel Proust







gray cactus plant on white pot

Then came the deglutition of saliva, and the old lady instinctively wiped the stubble of her toothbrush moustache with her handkerchief.

--Marcel Proust

landscape photography of mountain

Beautiful books are always written in a sort of foreign language.

--Marcel Proust

silhouette of trees near body of water during sunset

We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.

--Marcel Proust

Longer Version:

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 we were absolutely determined to do, but life has taken us round it, led us past it, and then if we turn round to gaze at the remote past, we can barely catch sight of it, so imperceptible has it become.


assorted-colored cactus

To write that essential book, a great writer does not need to invent it but merely to translate it, since it already exists in each one of us. The duty and task of a writer are those of translator.

--Marcel Proust

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

Monsieur Beulier never engaged in thought except to speak the truth, and never spoke except to express his thought.

--Marcel Proust

red and black floral textile

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.

--Marcel Proust

panoramic photography of mountains

Most of our faculties lie dormant because they can rely upon Habit, which knows what there is to be done and has no need of their services.

--Marcel Proust

sun

The artist who gives up an hour of work for an hour of conversation with a friend knows that he is sacrificing a reality for something that does not exist.

--Marcel Proust

Longer Version:

The artist who gives up an hour of work for an hour of conversation with a friend knows that he is sacrificing a reality for something that does not exist (our friends being friends only in the light of an agreeable folly which travels with us through life and to which we readily accommodate ourselves, but which at the bottom of our hearts we know to be no more reasonable than the delusion of the man who talks to the furniture because he believes that it is alive.).


rock formation in body of water

Three-quarters of the sicknesses of intelligent people come from their intelligence. They need at least a doctor who can understand this sickness.

--Marcel Proust


purple and black skies

The bonds that unite another person to our self exist only in our mind.

--Marcel Proust


shooting star in night sky

I would feel the satisfaction of being shut in from the outer world.

--Marcel Proust

lion on green grass during golden hour

That form of the instinct of self-preservation with which we guard everything that is best in ourselves.

--Marcel Proust



grayscale photo of elephant on grass field

Love is space and time measured by the heart.

--Marcel Proust

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

After luncheon the sun, conscious that it was Saturday, would blaze an hour longer in the zenith.

--Marcel Proust

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I have friends wherever there are companies of trees, wounded but not vanquished, which huddle together with touching obstinancy to implore an inclement and pitiless sky.

--Marcel Proust

blue textile on brown wooden table

When you come to live with a woman, you will soon cease to see anything of what made you love her; though it is true that the two sundered elements can be reunited by jealousy.

--Marcel Proust

white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

As soon as he ceased to be mad he became merely stupid. There are maladies we must not seek to cure because they alone protect us from others that are more serious.

--Marcel Proust



person standing on top of mountain

People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.

--Marcel Proust

person on road at sunset

One says the things which one feels the need to say, and which the other will not understand: one speaks for oneself alone.

--Marcel Proust

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

What a profound significance small things assume when the woman we love conceals them from us.

--Marcel Proust


gray elephant

Love...., ever unsatisfied, lives always in the moment that is about to come.

--Marcel Proust



white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

The real stars of society are tired of appearing there. He who is curious to gaze at them must often migrate to another hemisphere, where they are more or less alone.

--Marcel Proust

None

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book.

--Marcel Proust


macro photography water drops

The moments of the past do not remain still; they retain in our memory the motion which drew them towards the future, towards a future which has itself become the past, and draw us on in their train.

--Marcel Proust





pink and white abstract painting

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


None

For neither our greatest fears nor our greatest hopes are beyond the limits of our strength -- we are able in the end both to dominate the first and to achieve the second.

--Marcel Proust

man on running field

So long as I know what's boiling in my pot I don't bother my head about what's in other people's.

--Marcel Proust

blue sky and white clouds

There comes in all our lives a time ... when the ears can listen to no music save what the moonlight breathes through the flute of silence.

--Marcel Proust


green textile

A language which we do not know is a fortress sealed.

--Marcel Proust


blue wall

Not caring for their lives' is it? Why, what in the world is there that we should care for if it's not our lives, the only gift the Lord never offers us a second time.

--Marcel Proust

silhouette of mountain under blue sky during daytime

Like a kaleidoscope which is every now and then given a turn, society arranges successively in different orders elements which one would have supposed immutable, and composes a new pattern.

--Marcel Proust

purple-petaled flowers

I was not one man only but the steady advance hour after hour of an army in close formation, in which there appeared, according to the moment, impassioned men, indifferent men, jealous men.

--Marcel Proust


green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

As to the pretty girls who went past, from the day on which I had first known that their cheeks could be kissed, I had become curious about their souls. And the Universe had appeared to me more interesting.

--Marcel Proust




person holding sunflower

The opinions which we hold of one another, our relations with friends and kinsfolk are in no sense permanent, save in appearance, but are as eternally fluid as the sea itself.

--Marcel Proust

blue and white abstract painting

We construct our lives for one person, and when at length it is ready to receive her that person does not come; presently she is dead to us, and we live on, prisoners within the walls which were intended only for her.

--Marcel Proust

bird on pier

The highest praise of God consists in the denial of him by the atheist who finds creation so perfect that it can dispense with a creator.

--Marcel Proust


green mountain ]

When two people part it is the one who is not in love who makes the tender speeches.

--Marcel Proust

photo of pine trees

We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.

--Marcel Proust

snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky

The only paradise is paradise lost.

--Marcel Proust

person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier

Dear Friend: I have nearly died three times since morning.

--Marcel Proust

green textile in close up image

But the loss of a memory, like the omission of a phrase during reading, rather than making for uncertainty, can lead to a premature certainty.

--Marcel Proust

person wearing red running shoe

Unkind people imagine themselves to be inflicting pain on someone equally unkind.

--Marcel Proust

None

We ought never to lose our tempers with people who, when we find them at fault, begin to snigger. They do so not because they are laughing at us, but because they are afraid of our displeasure.

--Marcel Proust

green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

My dear Madame, I just noticed that I forgot my cane at your house yesterday; please be good enough to give it to the bearer of this letter. P.S. Kindly pardon me for disturbing you; I just found my cane.

--Marcel Proust

woman in brown long sleeve shirt and blue denim jeans

So few are the easy victories as the ultimate failures.

--Marcel Proust

None

Unfortunately, in the social as in the political world, the victims are such cowards that one cannot for long remain indignant with their executioners.

--Marcel Proust


Blue to purple gradient

Masterpieces are no more than the shipwrecked flotsam of great minds.

--Marcel Proust

brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime

But for the invert vice begins, not when he establishes a relationship (for too many reasons may govern that), but when he takes his pleasure with women.

--Marcel Proust

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

This rubicund youth, with his blunt features, appeared for all the world to have a tomato instead of a head.

--Marcel Proust




starry night in Texas

We only really know what is new, what suddenly introduces to our sensibility a change of tone which strikes us, that for which habit has not yet substituted its pale fac-similes.

--Marcel Proust


body of water during daytime

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

--Marcel Proust


calm body of water during golden hour

Hard people are weak people whom nobody wants, and the strong, caring little whether they are wanted or not, have alone that meekness which the common herd mistake for weakness.

--Marcel Proust

selective photography of green leaf plant

Proust was the greatest novelist of the twentieth century, just as Tolstoy was in the nineteenth.

--Marcel Proust

None

We may have revolved every possible idea in our minds, and yet the truth has never occurred to us, and it is from without, when we are least expecting it, that it gives us its cruel stab and wounds us forever.

--Marcel Proust

closeup photography of wall

Altogether, I had derived little benefit from being in Balbec, for which reason I was all the more determined to come back one day. I felt I had spent too short a time there.

--Marcel Proust

view of mountaintops with clouds

Her Albertine's intense and velvety gaze fastened itself, glued itself to the passer-by, so adhesive, so corrosive, that you felt that, in withdrawing, it must tear away the skin.

--Marcel Proust


Arizona landscape

After a certain age, and even if we develop in quite different ways, the more we become ourselves, the more our family traits are accentuated.

--Marcel Proust


calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

The tiny, initial clue ... by allowing us to imagine what we do not know, stimulates a desire for knowledge.

--Marcel Proust

mountains with trees under white star at night

Photography is the product of complete alienation.

--Marcel Proust


dome tent with galaxy with stars

As profession recognizes profession, so, too, does vice.

--Marcel Proust


green ceramic mug beside book

It is always thus, impelled by a state of mind which is destined not to last, we make our irrevocable decisions.

--Marcel Proust

green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit.

--Marcel Proust

black bird

I felt that I was not penetrating to the full depth of my impression, that something more lay behind that mobility, that luminosity, something which they seemed at once to contain and to conceal.

--Marcel Proust


rainbow

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

--Marcel Proust

white stars cutout on black surface with red string

We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.

--Marcel Proust



lion on green grass during golden hour

Homosexuals would be the best husbands in the world if they did not put on an act of loving other women.

--Marcel Proust


black Sony point-and-shoot camera on yellow surface

Even from the simplest, the most realistic point of view, the countries which we long for occupy, at any given moment, a far larger place in our actual life than the country in which we happen to be.

--Marcel Proust


brown and black leaf in close up photography

Instead of seeking new landscapes, develop new eyes.

--Marcel Proust


tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers

What brings men together is not a community of views but a consanguinity of minds.

--Marcel Proust


grayscale photography of pug

Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.

--Marcel Proust

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

A cathedral, a wave of a storm, a dancer's leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped.

--Marcel Proust

man standing on cliff under white sky

Love is an incurable malady like those pathetic states in which rheumatism affords the sufferer a brief respite only to be replaced by epileptiform headaches.

--Marcel Proust

ocean

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

red roses on book

The nose is generally the organ in which stupidity is most readily displayed.

--Marcel Proust

brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

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

--Marcel Proust

fine trees waving

Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them.

--Marcel Proust

palm tree under orange sky

The human plagiarism which is most difficult to avoid, for individuals... is the plagiarism of ourselves.

--Marcel Proust

None

I had spent the New Year's Day of old men, who differ on that day from their juniors, not because people have ceased to give them presents but because they themselves have ceased to believe in the New Year.

--Marcel Proust

sunset

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

--Marcel Proust

silhouette of man and woman during sunset

But,instead of what our imagination makes us suppose and which we worthless try to discover,life gives us something that we could hardly imagine.

--Marcel Proust


starry night over butte

The loss of a sense adds as much beauty to the world as its acquisition.

--Marcel Proust

rock formation under starry skies

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

--Marcel Proust

silhouette of trees near body of water during sunset

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

--Marcel Proust

brown wooden board

Le veritable voyage de decouverte ne consiste pas a chercher de nouveaux paysages, mais a avoir de nouveaux yeux. (The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.).

--Marcel Proust

person holding white book

The inertia of the mind urges it to slide down the easy slope of imagination, rather than to climb the steep slope of introspection.

--Marcel Proust

raging waves through shores

Only imagination and belief can differentiate from the rest certain objects, certain people, and can create an atmosphere.

--Marcel Proust

red textile in close up photography

The satisfaction an imbecile derives from having right on his side and being certain of success is especially irritating.

--Marcel Proust






body of water under clear blue sky painting

A constant repetition and a boundless incongruity of useless but indestructible objects.

--Marcel Proust

white pendant lamp

Perfume is that last and best reserve of the past, the one which when all out tears have run dry, can make us cry again!

--Marcel Proust


yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting

Our passions shape our books, repose writes them in the intervals.

--Marcel Proust



forest at sunset

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.

--Marcel Proust

tree and pink sky painting

Physical love, so unjustly decried, forces everyone to manifest even the smallest bits of kindness he possesses, of selflessness,that they shine in the eyes of all who surround him.

--Marcel Proust


body of water

How often is not the prospect of future happiness thus sacrificed to one's impatient insistence upon an immediate gratification.

--Marcel Proust

Longer Version:

How often is not the prospect of future happiness thus sacrificed to one's impatient insistence upon an immediate gratification, But his desire to know the truth was stronger, and seemed to him nobler than his desire for her.


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An impression is for the writer what an experiment is for the scientist, except that for the scientist the work of the intelligence precedes it, and for the writer it comes afterwards.

--Marcel Proust



long exposure photography of lights

The reigns of the kings and queens who are portrayed as kneeling with clasped hands in the windows of churches, were stained by oppression and bloodshed.

--Marcel Proust

bonfire in forest

People are not always very tolerant of the tears which they themselves have provoked.

--Marcel Proust

long exposure photography of lights

An excellent but an eccentric man in whom the least little thing would, it seemed, often check the flow of his spirits and divert the current of his thoughts.

--Marcel Proust


white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table

For the possession of what we love is an even greater joy than love itself.

--Marcel Proust


None

The horror that grand people have for the snobs who strive so hard to make their acquaintance is also felt by masculine men for inverts, and by women for every man who is too much in love with them.

--Marcel Proust


glass window pane with yellow concrete wall

I drank a second mouthful in which I find nothing more than in the first, then a third which gives me rather less than the second. It is time to stop; the potion is losing its magic.

--Marcel Proust


None

We pack the physical outline of the creature we see with all the ideas we have already formed about him, and in the complete picture of him we compose in our minds those ideas have certainly the principal place.

--Marcel Proust


white round building under cloudy sky during daytime

So beautiful that he could not refrain from moving his lips towards her.

--Marcel Proust



blue and black abstract painting

Even though our lives wander, our memories remain in one place.

--Marcel Proust



sunset

Dinner-parties bore us because our imagination is absent, and reading interests us because it is keeping us company.

--Marcel Proust


blue painted wall with white paint

Even from the point of view of coquetry, pure and simple," he had told her, "can't you see how much of your attraction you throw away when you stoop to lying?

--Marcel Proust


woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

Hoeveel bedroevender nog dan vroeger vond ik het sedert die dag ... dat ik geen aanleg voor schrijven had en ervan moest afzien ooit een beroemde schrijver te worden.

--Marcel Proust

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

M. de Charlus made no reply and looked as if he had not heard, which was one of his favourite forms of rudeness.

--Marcel Proust


white sand under white sky

That distant look characteristic of people who do not wish to be agreeable.

--Marcel Proust


white boat on sea under white sky during daytime

Like everybody who is not in love, he thought one chose the person to be loved after endless deliberations and on the basis of particular qualities or advantages.

--Marcel Proust

brown nut on person's left palm

Human altruism which is not egoism, is sterile.

--Marcel Proust

brown sands

Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces.

--Marcel Proust

ice berg

The illusions of paternal love are perhaps no less poignant than those of the other kind; many daughters regard their fathers merely as the old men who leave their fortunes to them.

--Marcel Proust

silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

The true voyage of discovery is not a journey to a new place; it is learning to see with new eyes.

--Marcel Proust

red rose

We love only what we do not wholly possess.

--Marcel Proust

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

The creation of the world did not occur at the beginning of time, it occurs every day.

--Marcel Proust

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true.

--Marcel Proust


rock mountain during starry night

Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.

--Marcel Proust

trees at sunset

Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.

--Marcel Proust


person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

--Marcel Proust

sunset

We do not include the pleasures we enjoy in sleep in the inventory of the pleasures we have experienced in the course of our existence.

--Marcel Proust




cactus flowers

Memory nourishes the heart, and grief abates.

--Marcel Proust

grayscale photography of raindrops

No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me.

--Marcel Proust

flowers beside yellow wall

The smell and taste of things remain poised a long time, like souls, ready to remind us.

--Marcel Proust

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

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

--Marcel Proust

photo of gray elephant on grass

It appears that vice is far more common than one has been led to believe.

--Marcel Proust


grayscale photography of elephant

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

--Marcel Proust




white flower graphic wallpaper

That which we remember of our conduct is ignored by our closest neighbour; but that which we have forgotten having said, or even what we never said, will cause laughter even into the next world.

--Marcel Proust

body of water under blue sky with stars

Our worst fears, like our greatest hopes, are not outside our powers, and we can come in the end to triumph over the former and to achieve the latter.

--Marcel Proust








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No doubt, having developed the habit, out of idleness, of each day putting off my work until the day after, I thought that death could be dealt with in the same way.

--Marcel Proust

Dark purple to red to orange gradient

The world was not created once and for all time for each of us individually. There are added to it in the course of our life things of which we have never had any suspicion.

--Marcel Proust

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

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

--Marcel Proust


crack in wall

There was nothing abnormal about it when homosexuality was the norm.

--Marcel Proust

galaxy wallpaper

For every death is a simplification of existence for the others, removes the necessity to show gratitude, the obligation to pay visits.

--Marcel Proust



time lapse photography body of water

I spent many a charming evening talking and playing with Albertine, but none so sweet as when I was watching her sleep.

--Marcel Proust

brown and white abstract painting

When we have passed a certain age, the soul of the child we were and the souls of the dead from whom we have sprung come to lavish on us their riches and their spells.

--Marcel Proust








white brick wall planning

And what little she allowed herself to say was said in a strained tone, in which her ingrained timidity paralysed her tendency to freedom and audacity of speech.

--Marcel Proust


yellow sunflower in bloom during daytime

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.

--Marcel Proust

orange moon during nighttime

We live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom: our body.

--Marcel Proust

white wall paint beside white wall

Every woman feels that the greater her power over a man, the more impossible it is to leave him except by sudden flight: a fugitive precisely because a queen.

--Marcel Proust

brown trees on brown field during daytime

Now are the woods all black, But still the sky is blue.

--Marcel Proust


yellow green leaf

But one never finds a cathedral, a wave in a storm, a dancer's leap in the air quite as high as one has been expecting;.

--Marcel Proust

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

And then, gradually, the memory of her would fade away, I had forgotten the girl of my dream.

--Marcel Proust



brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

And so when studying faces, we do indeed measure them, but as painters, not as surveyors.

--Marcel Proust

bird's eye view photography of trees and body of water

The charms of the passing woman are generally in direct proportion to the swiftness of her passing.

--Marcel Proust



black textile in close up photography

Neurosis has an absolute genius for malingering. There is no illness which it cannot counterfeit perfectly. If it is capable of deceiving the doctor, how should it fail to deceive the patient.

--Marcel Proust

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

The beauty of images lies behind things, the beauty of ideas in front of them.

--Marcel Proust


pink and white light illustration

Long after the poor departed have gone from our hearts, their insignificant dust continues to be mingled, to be used as an alloy, with the events of the past.

--Marcel Proust

low angle photography of gray concrete building

We must never be afraid to go too far, for truth lies beyond.

--Marcel Proust


two gold-colored skeleton keys

Truth is a point of view about things.

--Marcel Proust

eyeglasses in bokeh photography

The only true paradises are the paradises that we have lost.

--Marcel Proust

woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

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

sunset grasslands

When we are nice to others, we generally lose all claim to their respect.

--Marcel Proust



person standing on top of mountain

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

--Marcel Proust

man in white and black button up shirt holding lighted candle

The only possible paradises are those we have lost.

--Marcel Proust

shade under a green-leafed tree

That translucent alabaster of our memories.

--Marcel Proust

starry night in Texas

Often the fairest impression that remains in our minds of a favourite air is one which has arisen out of a jumble of wrong notes struck by unskillful fingers upon a tuneless piano.

--Marcel Proust

snow covered pine trees

Aristocracy is a relative thing. And there are plenty of out-of-the-way places where the son of an upholsterer is the arbiter of fashion and reigns over a court like any young Prince of Wales.

--Marcel Proust





selective focus photo of iceberg on large body of water at winter

In my most desperate moments, I have never conceived of anything more horrible than a law office.

--Marcel Proust


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