Marcel Proust

(1871-1922 / Neuilly-Auteuil-Passy)

Marcel Proust Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.''
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "The Guermantes Way," pt. 2, ch. 2, Remembrance of Things Past, vol. 6 (1921), cit. By Ronald and Colette Cortie (1988).
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  • ''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).
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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).
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  • ''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).
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  • ''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 (1871-1922), French novelist. "The Sweet Cheat Gone," vol. 11, ch. 1, Remembrance of Things Past (1925), trans. by Scott Monkrieff (1930).
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  • ''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 (1871-1922), French novelist. "The Sweet Cheat Gone," ch. 1, Remembrance of Things Past, vol. 11 (1925), trans. by Scott Moncrieff (1930).
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  • ''Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.''
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "The Sweet Cheat Gone," ch. 1, Remembrance of Things Past, vol. 11 (1925), trans. by Scott Moncrieff (1930).
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  • ''I perceived that to express those impressions, to write that essential book, which is the only true one, a great writer does not, in the current meaning of the word, invent it, but, since it exists already in each one of us, interprets it. The duty and the task of a writer are those of an interpreter.''
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Time Regained," ch. 3, Remembrance of Things Past, vol. 12 (1927), trans. by Stephen Hudson (1931).
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  • ''A woman one loves rarely suffices for all our needs, so we deceive her with another whom we do not love.''
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Time Regained," vol. 12, ch. 1, Remembrance of Things Past (1927), trans. by Stephen Hudson (1931).
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