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Marcel Proust

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"People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground." Risk 4.6 avg (5 votes)
"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." Reading, Writing 4.6 avg (9 votes)
"It is always thus, impelled by a state of mind which is destined not to last, that we make our irrevocable decisions." Decisions 4.5 avg (2 votes)
"Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them." Time 4.5 avg (14 votes)
"The mistakes made by doctors are innumerable. They err habitually on the side of optimism as to treatment, of pessimism as to the outcome." Health 4.5 avg (2 votes)
"Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way." Clever Jabs, Talking 4.5 avg (13 votes)
"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." Love 4.4 avg (22 votes)
"For each illness that doctors cure with medicine, they provoke ten in healthy people by inoculating them with the virus that is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill." Health 4.4 avg (5 votes)
"Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible." Happiness 4.4 avg (5 votes)
"Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true." Time, Truth & Lies 4.2 avg (5 votes)
"In a separation it is the one who is not really in love who says the more tender things." Love 4.1 avg (28 votes)
"Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey." Miscellaneous 4.0 avg (2 votes)
"We must never be afraid to go too far, for success lies just beyond." Success 4.0 avg (13 votes)
"The only thing that does not change is that at any and every time it appears that there have been 'great changes.'" Change 4.0 avg (4 votes)
"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." Love 3.9 avg (16 votes)
"What a profound significance small things assume when the woman we love conceals them from us." Love 3.8 avg (11 votes)
"Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit." Truth & Lies 3.4 avg (5 votes)
"If only for the sake of elegance, I try to remain morally pure." Morality 3.1 avg (7 votes)
"As soon as one is unhappy one becomes moral." Happiness, Morality 3.1 avg (14 votes)
"It is seldom indeed that one parts on good terms, because if one were on good terms, one would not part." Miscellaneous 3.0 avg (2 votes)

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