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Marcel Proust's quotes
"What a profound significance small things assume when the woman we love conceals them from us."
"We must never be afraid to go too far, for success lies just beyond."
"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us."
"We are healed from suffering only by experiencing it to the full."
"Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them."
"Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true."
Truth & Lies
"There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory."
"There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book."
"The time which we have at our disposal every day is elastic; the passions we feel expand it, those that we inspire contract it, and habit fills up what remains."
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
"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."
"The only thing that does not change is that at any and every time it appears that there have been 'great changes.'"
"The only paradise is paradise lost."
"The moments of the past do not remain still; they retain in our memory the motion which drew them towards the future, towards a future which has itself become the past, and draw us on in their train."
"The mistakes made by doctors are innumerable. They err habitually on the side of optimism as to treatment, of pessimism as to the outcome."
"The charms of the passing woman are generally in direct proportion to the swiftness of her passing."
"The bonds that unite another person to our self exist only in our mind."
"People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground."
"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."
"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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