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  • We construct our life for one person and, when finally we are ready to receive that person in our life, she does not come, then dies in our eyes and we live as prisoners of that which was meant only for her.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française. Remembrance of Things Past, vol. II, Within a Budding Grove, p. 634, Pléiade (1954).

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  • To get through their days, nervous natures such as mine have various "speeds" as do automobiles. There are uphill and difficult day which take an eternity to climb, and downhill days which can be quickly descended.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1913). Remembrance of Things Past, vol. I, Swann's Way, p. 390, Pléiade (1954).
  • Knowing does not always allow us to prevent, but at least the things that we know, we hold them, if not in our hands, but at least in our thoughts where we may dispose of them at our whim, which gives us the illusion of power over them.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1954). Remembrance of Things Past, vol. I, Swann's Way, p. 315, Pléiade (1954).

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  • 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 (1871-1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1913). Remembrance of Things Past, vol. I, Swann's Way, p. 147, Pléiade (1954).

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  • Habit! that skillful but slow arranger, which starts out by letting our spirit suffer for weeks in a temporary state, but that the spirit is after all happy to discover, for without habit and reduced to its own resources, the spirit would be unable to make any lodgings seem habitable.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1913). Remembrance of Things Past, vol. I, Swann's Way, p. p. 8, Pléiade (1954).

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  • I was curious, I was avid to know only what I found more real than myself, that which allowed me to glimpse the thoughts of a great genius, or the force or grace of nature left to its own devices, without the intervention of man.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1913). Remembrance of Things Past, vol. I, Swann's Way, p. 384, Pléiade (1954).

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  • We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. Trans. by Scott Monkrieff (1930). "The Sweet Cheat Gone," vol. 11, ch. 1, Remembrance of Things Past (1925).
  • The human plagiarism which is most difficult to avoid, for individuals ... is the plagiarism of ourself.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "The Sweet Cheat Gone," vol. 11, ch. 1, Remembrance of Things Past (1925, trans. 1930).
  • 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 (1871-1922), French novelist. "The Guermantes Way," pt. 1, Remembrance of Things Past, vol. 5 (1921), trans. by Scott Moncrieff (1925).
  • Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "The Guermantes Way," pt. 1, Remembrance of Things Past, vol. 5 (1921), trans. by Scott Moncrieff (1925).

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