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A collection of Marcel Proust quotes on adultery, art, belief, books, character, death, desire, dreams, earth, emotions, fashion, friendship, giving, grief, happiness, history, life, learning, Inspirational, joy, knowledge, philosophy, and much more.

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Famous As: French novelist

Born On: July 10, 1871

Died On: November 18, 1922

Born In: Auteuil-Neuilly-Passy

Died At Age: 51

Marcel Proust or Valentin Loius Eugene Marcel Proust was a French essayist, novelist and critic, better known for his phenomenal work in ‘A la recherché temps perdu’ (In Search of lost time). The novel was pseudo autobiographical in nature, narrated in a stream-of-conscious style. Marcel Proust released several volumes of this novel as ‘Swann’s way’ and ‘Within a Budding grove’ and many more. He is considered as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century by the English critics. He was an active member of the Parisian High society but started withdrawing himself from socializing due to his homosexuality and religion (as he was a Jew). His devoted a lot of his writing highlighting the absurdity and anomaly of human behavior coupled with an element of humor in them. We have curated some of the most famous Marcel Proust quotes from his writings, observations and his life. Here is a collection of Marcel Proust quotes on adultery, art, belief, books, character, death, desire, dreams, earth, emotions, fashion, friendship, giving, grief, happiness, history, life, learning, Inspirational, joy, knowledge, philosophy, and much more.

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

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

Let us leave pretty women to men with no imagination.

Marcel Proust

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

Love is a striking example of how little reality means to us.

Marcel Proust

It comes so soon, the moment when there is nothing left to wait for.

Marcel Proust

The true paradises are the paradises that we have lost.

Marcel Proust

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

My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.

Marcel Proust

Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.

Marcel Proust

Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

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

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

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

Everything great in the world is done by neurotics; they alone founded our religions and created our masterpieces.

Marcel Proust

Love is not vain because it is frustrated, but because it is fulfilled. The people we love turn to ashes when we posess them.

Marcel Proust

It is often hard to bear the tears that we ourselves have caused.

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

Love is space and time measured by the heart.

Marcel Proust

In his younger days a man dreams of possessing the heart of the woman whom he loves; later, the feeling that he possesses the heart of a woman may be enough to make him fall in love with her.

Marcel Proust

If we are to make reality endurable, we must all nourish a fantasy or two.

Marcel Proust

I wished to see storms only on those coasts where they raged with most violence...

Marcel Proust

...the memory of a particular image is but regret for a particular moment..

Marcel Proust

One cannot change, that is to say become a different person, while continuing to acquiesce to the feelings of the person one has ceased to be.

Marcel Proust

All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.

Marcel Proust

The only true paradise is paradise lost

Marcel Proust

The bonds that unite us to another human being are sanctified when he or she adopts the same point of view as ourselves in judging one of our imperfections.

Marcel Proust

Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.

Marcel Proust

We are all of us obliged, if we are to make reality endurable, to nurse a few little follies in ourselves.

Marcel Proust

The charms of a passing woman are usually in direct relation to the speed of her passing.

Marcel Proust

To be an artist is to fail, as no other dare to fail... failure is his world and the shrink from it desertion

Marcel Proust

Our desires cut across one another, and in this confused existence it is rare for happiness to coincide with the desire that clamoured for it.

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

...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

Nine tenths of the ills from which intelligent people suffer spring from their intellect.

Marcel Proust

For, just as in the beginning it is formed by desire, so afterwards love is kept in existence only by painful anxiety.

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.

Marcel Proust

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

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

She's got feet like boats, whiskers like an American, and her undies are filthy.

Marcel Proust

She was "a woman of uncertain age.

Marcel Proust

In reality, every reader is, while reading, the reader of his own self.

Marcel Proust

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

It is not only by dint of lying to others, but also of lying to ourselves, that we cease to notice that we are lying.

Marcel Proust

Our desires interweave with one another; and in the confusion of existence, it is seldom that a joy is promptly paired with the desire that longed for it.

Marcel Proust

It is grief that develops the powers of the mind.

Marcel Proust

One becomes moral as soon as one is unhappy.

Marcel Proust

With one image he would make that beauty explode into me.

Marcel Proust

The comfort of reclusion, the poetry of hibernation

Marcel Proust

Perhaps the immobility of the things that surround us is forced upon them by our conviction that they are themselves, and not anything else, and by the immobility of our conceptions of them.

Marcel Proust

In my cowardice I became at once a man, and did what all we grown men do when face to face with suffering and injustice; I preferred not to see them

Marcel Proust

Having a body is in itself the greatest threat to the mind... The body encloses the mind in a fortress; before long the mind is besieged on all sides, and in the end the mind has to give itself up.

Marcel Proust

Mystery is not about traveling to new places but about looking with new eyes.

Marcel Proust

But sometimes the future is latent in us without our knowing it, and our supposedly lying words foreshadow an imminent reality.

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

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

There are people whose faces assume an unaccustomed beauty and majesty the moment they cease to look out of their eyes.

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

But when one believes in the reality of things, making them visible by artificial means is not quite the same as feeling that they are close at hand.

Marcel Proust

Our shadows, now parallel, now close together and joined, traced an exquisite pattern at our feet.

Marcel Proust

...a writer's works, like the water in an artesian well, mount to a height which is in proportion to the depth to which suffering has penetrated his soul.

Marcel Proust

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

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

Marcel Proust

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

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

People don't know when they are happy. They're never so unhappy as they think they are.

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

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

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

Marcel Proust

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

On no days of our childhood did we live so fully perhaps as those we thought we had left behind without living them, those that we spent with a favourite book.

Marcel Proust

Most of the supposed expressions of our feelings merely relieve us of them by drawing them out of us in an indistinct form that does not teach us to know them.

Marcel Proust

Fall in love with a dog's bum, And thou'll think it pretty as a plum.

Marcel Proust

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

A work in which there are theories is like an object which still has its price-tag on.

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

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

Once we have reached a certain degree of enfeeblement, whether caused by age or by ill health, all pleasure taken at the expense of sleep, every disturbance of routine, becomes a nuisance.

Marcel Proust

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

Marcel Proust

Love is a reciprocal torture.

Marcel Proust

The truth is that every morning war is declared afresh. And the men who wish to continue it are as guilty as the men who began it, more guilty perhaps, for the latter perhaps did not foresee all its horrors.

Marcel Proust

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

The remembrence of things past is not nessecarly the remeberance of things as they were

Marcel Proust

Parties of this sort are as a rule premature. They have little reality until the following day, when they occupy the attention of the people who were not invited.

Marcel Proust

A woman whom we need and who makes us suffer elicits from us a whole gamut of feelings far more profound and vital than a man of genius who interests us.

Marcel Proust

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

It is not because other people are dead that our affection for them grows faint, it is because we ourselves are dying.

Marcel Proust

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

Every person is destroyed when we cease to see him; after which his next appearance is a new creation, different from that which immediately preceded it, if not from them all.

Marcel Proust