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Marcel Proust's quotes
"The only paradise is paradise lost."
"If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time."
"It is often hard to bear the tears that we ourselves have caused."
"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."
"I perceived that to express those impressions, to write that essential book, which is the only true one, a great writer does not, in the current meaning of the word, invent it, but, since it exists already in each one of us, interprets it. The duty and the task of a writer are those of an interpreter."
"Less disappointing than life, great works of art do not begin by giving us all their best."
"Any mental activity is easy if it need not take reality into account."
"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."
"Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind."
"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."
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
"A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it."
"The bonds that unite another person to our self exist only in our mind."
"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us."
"There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book."
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
"We are healed from suffering only by experiencing it to the full."
"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."
"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."
"Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination."
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