Marcel Proust, fully Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust

Proust, fully Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust

French Novelist, Critic and Essayist

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Things don't change, but by and by our wishes change.

The loss of a sense adds as much beauty to the world as its acquisition.

There can be no peace of mind in love, since the advantage one has secured is never anything but a fresh starting-point for further desires.

That which we have not been forced to decipher, to clarify by our own personal effort, that which was made clear before, is not ours.

Our passions shape our books, repose writes them in the intervals.

Love is space and time made directly perceptible to the heart.

In theory one is aware that the earth revolves, but in practice one does not perceive it, the ground upon which one treads seems not to move, and one can live undisturbed. So it is with Time in one's life.

It is the tragedy of other people that they are to us merely showcases for the very perishable collections of our own mind.

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

But for the disconcerting actions of our fellow men, we rarely discover the motive.

Egoists always have the last word. Once and for all they establish the fact that their minds cannot be changed...We love only what we do not completely possess.

There are visual errors in time as well as in space.

All the mind's activity is easy if it is not subjected to reality.

The character we exhibit in the later half of our life need not necessarily be, though it often is, our original character, developed further, dried up, exaggerated, or diminished: it can be its exact opposite, like a suit worn inside out.

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

Habit is a second nature which prevents us from knowing the first, of which it has neither the cruelties nor the enchantments.

Happiness is salutary for the body, but it is sorrow that develops spiritual strength.

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French Novelist, Critic and Essayist