Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust

French novelist, critic, and essayist

Lived from: 1871-1922

Category: Media

Quotes: Marcel Proust

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    In a separation it is the one who is not really in loved who says the more tender things.
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    It is always during a passing state of mind that we make lasting resolutions.
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    Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
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    Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.
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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.
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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?
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    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.
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    Often it is just lack of imagination that keeps a man from suffering very much.
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    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.
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    People have many different kinds of pleasure. The real one is that for which they will forsake the others.
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    People who are not in love fail to understand how an intelligent man can suffer because of a very ordinary woman. This is like being surprised that anyone should be stricken with cholera because of a creature so insignificant as the comma bacillus.
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    People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.
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    The ''sensitiveness'' claimed by neurotic is matched by their egotism: they cannot abide the flaunting by others of the sufferings to which they pay an even increasing amount of attention in themselves.
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    The bonds that unite another person to our self exist only in our mind.
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    The charms of the passing woman are generally in direct proportion to the swiftness of her passing.