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It is said that nothing in our lives is ever lost, that nothing can prevent its having been. That is why, so very often the weight of the past lies ineluctably upon the present. But that is why it is so real in memory, so wholly itself, so far beyond replacement.


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MARCEL PROUST
The inertia of the mind urges it to slide down the easy slope of imagination, rather than to climb t...
MARCEL PROUST
Carried away in a sort of dream, he smiled, then he began to hurry back towards the lady; he was wal...
MARCEL PROUST
Es mejor soñar una vida que vivirla, aunque vivirla siga siendo soñarla, pero menos misteriosament...
MARCEL PROUST
It was not only Odette's indifference, however, that he must take pains to circumvent; it was also, ...
MARCEL PROUST
One cannot change, that is to say become a different person, while continuing to acquiesce to the fe...
MARCEL PROUST
And in myself, too, many things have perished which, I imagined, would last for ever, and new struct...
MARCEL PROUST
It is the same in life; the heart changes, and that is our worst misfortune; but we learn of it only...
MARCEL PROUST
But genius, and even great talent, springs less from seeds of intellect and social refinement superi...
MARCEL PROUST
Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.
MARCEL PROUST
Our memory is like a shop in the window of which is exposed now one, now another photograph of the s...
MARCEL PROUST
We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.
MARCEL PROUST
All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.
MARCEL PROUST
Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true.
MARCEL PROUST
Impelled by a state of mind which is destined not to last, we make our irrevocable decisions.
MARCEL PROUST
I understood that all the material of a literary work was in my past life, I understood that I had a...
MARCEL PROUST
A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.
MARCEL PROUST
The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions we feel expand it, those t...
MARCEL PROUST
The human plagiarism which is most difficult to avoid, for individuals... is the plagiarism of ourse...
MARCEL PROUST
The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow, since the most benighted and the most deplora...
MARCEL PROUST
The sensitiveness claimed by neurotic is matched by their egotism: they cannot abide the flaunting b...
MARCEL PROUST
Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge we make promise only; pain...
MARCEL PROUST
It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to...
MARCEL PROUST
There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a wa...
MARCEL PROUST
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.
MARCEL PROUST
We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as place...
MARCEL PROUST
Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.
MARCEL PROUST
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for ...
MARCEL PROUST
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy: They are the charming gardeners who make our souls b...
MARCEL PROUST
We feel in one world, we think and name in another. Between the two we can set up a system of refere...
MARCEL PROUST
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take ...
MARCEL PROUST
Love is space and time measured by the heart.
MARCEL PROUST
Everything great in the world comes from neurotics. They alone have founded our religions and compos...
MARCEL PROUST
Like everybody who is not in love, he thought one chose the person to be loved after endless deliber...
MARCEL PROUST
The only thing that does not change is that at any and every time it appears that there have been "g...
MARCEL PROUST
Things don't change, but by and by our wishes change.
MARCEL PROUST
I was not one man only but the steady advance hour after hour of an army in close formation, in whic...
MARCEL PROUST
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls b...
MARCEL PROUST
The time at our disposal each day is elastic; the passions we feel dilate it, those that inspire us ...
MARCEL PROUST