Marcel Proust

(1871-1922 / Neuilly-Auteuil-Passy)

Marcel Proust Quotes

  • ''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 (1871-1922), French novelist. Trans. by Scott Monkrieff (1924). "Within a Budding Grove," vol. 4, pt. 2, "Seascape, with Frieze of Girls," Remembrance of Things Past (1918).
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  • ''A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.''
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Within a Budding Grove," vol. 3, pt. 1, "Madame Swann at Home," Remembrance of Things Past (1918), trans. by Scott Monkrieff (1924).
  • ''We become moral when we are unhappy.''
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Madame Swann at Home," vol. 3, "Within a Budding Grove," pt. 1, Remembrance of Things Past (1918), trans. by Ronald and Colette Cortie (1988).
  • ''Our memory is like a shop in the window of which is exposed now one, now another photograph of the same person. And as a rule the most recent exhibit remains for some time the only one to be seen.''
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Within a Budding Grove: Seascape, with Frieze of Girls," vol. 4, pt. 2, Remembrance of Things Past (1918), trans. by Scott Moncrieff (1924).
  • ''Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.''
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Regrets, Reveries, Changing Skies," no. 12, Pleasures and Regrets (1896, trans. 1948).
  • ''The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow, since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace.''
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Regrets, Reveries, Changing Skies," no. 5, Pleasures and Regrets (1896, trans. 1948).
  • ''Besides, no matter how much I might speak to Gilberte, she would not hear me. We always believe that, when we speak, it is our ears, our mind that listen.''
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1918). Remembrance of Things Past, vol. II, Within a Budding Grove, p. 612, Pléiade (1954).
  • ''The time at our disposal each day is elastic; the passions we feel dilate it, those that inspire us shrink it, and habit fills it.''
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1918). Remembrance of Things Past, vol. II, Within a Budding Grove, p. 612, Pléiade (1954).
  • ''I knew very well that this hope was chimerical. I was like a pauper who mingles fewer tears with his dry bread if he tells himself that at any moment a stranger will bequeath to him his fortune. We must all, in order to make reality more tolerable, keep alive in us a few little follies.''
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1918). Remembrance of Things Past, vol. II, Within a Budding Grove, p. 591, Pléiade (1954). Marcel hopes to love Gilberte again.
  • ''I was not at all worried about finding my doctor boring; I expected from him, thanks to an art of which the laws escaped me, that he pronounce concerning my health an indisputable oracle by consulting my entrails.''
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. Nouvelle Revue Française (1918). Remembrance of Things Past, vol. II, Within a Budding Grove, p. 571, Pléiade (1954).

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