Marcel Proust Quotes & Wallpapers

Marcel Proust
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We love only what we do not wholly possess. Marcel Proust

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

Poets claim that we recapture for a moment the self that we were long ago when we enter some house or garden in which we used to live in our youth. But these are most hazardous pilgrimages, which end as often in disappointment as in success. It is in ourselves that we should rather seek to find those fixed places, contemporaneous with different years. Marcel Proust

And indeed when we are no longer in love with women whom we meet after many years, is there not the abyss of death between them and ourselves, just as much as if they were no longer of this world, since the fact that we are no longer in love makes the people that they were or the person that we were then as good as dead? Marcel Proust

My dear Madame, I just noticed that I forgot my cane at your house yesterday; please be good enough to give it to the bearer of this letter. P.S. Kindly pardon me for disturbing you; I just found my cane. Marcel Proust

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

What an abyss of uncertainty, whenever the mind feels overtaken by itself; when it, the seeker, is at the same time the dark region through which it must go seeking and where all its equipment will avail it nothing. Seek? More than that: create. It is face to face with something which does not yet exist, which it alone can make actual, which it alone can bring into the light of day. Marcel Proust

Adultery breathes new life into marriages which have been left for dead. Marcel Proust

That translucent alabaster of our memories. Marcel Proust

We say that the hour of death cannot be forecast, but when we say this we imagine that hour as placed in an obscure and distant future. It never occurs to us that it has any connection with the day already begun or that death could arrive this same afternoon, this afternoon which is so certain and which has every hour filled in advance. Marcel Proust

A cathedral, a wave of storm, a dancer's leap, never turn out to be as high as we had hoped. Marcel Proust

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. Marcel Proust

Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it." - Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha "We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us from. Marcel Proust

What artists call posterity is the posterity of the work of art. Marcel Proust

There is no idea that does not carry in itself a possible refutation, no word that does not imply its opposite. Marcel Proust

It is not only by dint of lying to others, but also of lying to ourselves, that we cease to notice that we are lying. Marcel Proust

Masterpieces are no more than the shipwrecked flotsam of great minds. Marcel Proust

Unkind people imagine themselves to be inflicting pain on someone equally unkind. Marcel Proust

No man is a complete mystery except to himself. Marcel Proust

The idea of Time was of value to me for yet another reason: it was a spur.... This life that we live in half-darkness can be illumined, this life that at every moment we distort can be restored to its true pristine shape, that a life, in short, can be realized within the confines of a book! How happy would be, I thought, the man who had the power to write such a book! What a task awaited him! Marcel Proust

The thirst for something other than what we bring something new, even if it is worse, some emotion, some sorrow; when our sensibility, which happiness has silenced like an idle harp, wants to resonate under some hand, even a rough one, and even if it might be broken by it. Marcel Proust

Reading is at the threshold of the spiritual life; it can introduce us to it. It does not constitute it ... There are certain cases of spiritual depression in which reading can become a sort of curative discipline ... reintroducing a lazy mind into the life of the Spirit. Marcel Proust

The particulars of life do not matter to the artist; they merely provide him with the opportunity to lay bare his genius. Marcel Proust

We construct our lives for one person, and when at length it is ready to receive her that person does not come; presently she is dead to us, and we live on, prisoners within the walls which were intended only for her. Marcel Proust

What barrier is so insurmountable as silence? Marcel Proust

People who laugh so heartily at what they themselves have said, when it is not funny, dispense us accordingly, by taking upon themselves the responsibility for the mirth, from joining in it. Marcel Proust

Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey. Marcel Proust

May you always see a blue sky overhead, my young friend; and then, even when the time comes, as it has come for me now, when the woods are black, when night is fast falling, you will be able to console yourself, as I do, by looking up at the sky. Marcel Proust

Our desires cut across one another, and in this confused existence it is rare for happiness to coincide with the desire that clamoured for it. Marcel Proust

Reality is never more than a first step towards an unknown on the road to which one can never progress very far. Marcel Proust

The charms of the passing woman are generally in direct proportion to the swiftness of her passing. Marcel Proust

The bonds that unite another person to our self exist only in our mind. Marcel Proust

Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit. Marcel Proust

To write that essential book, a great writer does not need to invent it but merely to translate it, since it already exists in each one of us. The duty and task of a writer are those of translator. Marcel Proust

The features of our face are hardly more than gestures which force of habit made permanent. Nature, like the destruction of Pompeii, like the metamorphosis of a nymph into a tree, has arrested us in an accustomed movement. Marcel Proust

Medicine being a compendium of the successive and contradictory mistakes of medical practitioners, when we summon the wisest of them to our aid, the chances are that we may be relying on a scientific truth the error of which will be recognized in a few years time. Marcel Proust

Lies are essential to humanity. Marcel Proust

Physical love, so unjustly decried, forces everyone to manifest even the smallest bits of kindness he possesses, of selflessness,that they shine in the eyes of all who surround him. Marcel Proust

But to ask pity of our body is like discoursing in front of an octopus, for which our words can have no more meaning than the sound of the tides, and with which we should be appalled to find ourselves condemned to live. Marcel Proust

For what we suppose to be our love or our jealousy is never a single, continuous and indivisible passion. It is composed of an infinity of successive loves, of different jealousies, each of which is ephemeral, although by their uninterrupted multiplicity they give us the impression of continuity, the illusion of unity. Marcel Proust

For neither our greatest fears nor our greatest hopes are beyond the limits of our strength-we are able in the end both to dominate the first and to achieve the second. Marcel Proust

When we have passed a certain age, the soul of the child that we were and the souls of the dead from whom we sprang come and shower upon us their riches and their spells, asking to be allowed to contribute to the new emotions which we feel and in which, erasing their former image, we recast them in an original creation. Marcel Proust

There was nothing abnormal about it when homosexuality was the norm. Marcel Proust

I should have been happy: I was'. Marcel Proust

Every kiss provokes another. Oh, in those earliest days of love how naturally the kisses spring to life! So closely, in their profusion, do they crowd together that lovers would find it as hard to count the kisses exchanged in an hour as to count the flowers in a meadow in May... Marcel Proust

These dreams reminded me that, since I wished some day to become a writer, it was high time to decide what sort of books I was going to write. But as soon as I asked myself the question, and tried to discover some subject to which I could impart a philosophical significance of infinite value, my mind would stop like a clock, my consciousness would be faced with a blank, I would feel either that I was wholly devoid of talent or perhaps that some malady of the brain was hindering its development. Marcel Proust

And so when studying faces, we do indeed measure them, but as painters, not as surveyors. Marcel Proust

One must never miss an opportunity of quoting things by others which are always more interesting than those one thinks up oneself. Marcel Proust

The most familiar precepts are not always the truest. Marcel Proust

A powerful idea communicates some of its power to the man who contradicts it. Marcel Proust

Our shadows, now parallel, now close together and joined, traced an exquisite pattern at our feet. Marcel Proust

For everyone who, having no artistic sense-that is to say, no submission to subjective reality-may have the knack of reasoning about art till doomsday, especially if he be, in addition, a diplomat or financier in contact with the 'realities' of the present day, is only too ready to believe literature is an intellectual game which is destined to gradually be abandoned as time goes on. Marcel Proust

Love is a striking example of how little reality means to us. Marcel Proust

Man is the creature that cannot emerge from himself, that knows his fellows only in himself; when he asserts the contrary, he is lying. Marcel Proust

Death is in truth an illness from which we recover Marcel Proust

Which of course is followed by: For those who have Awareness, a hint is quite enough. For the multitudes of heedless mere knowledge is useless. Haji Bektash Veli We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. Marcel Proust

A person does not...stand motionless and clear before our eyes with his merits, his defects, his plans, his intentions with regard to ourself exposed on his surface...but is a shadow which we can never succeed in penetrating...a shadow behind which we can alternately imagine, with equal justification, that there burns the flame of hatred and of love. Marcel Proust

The facts of life do not penetrate to the sphere in which our beliefs are cherished; they did not engender those beliefs, and they are powerless to destroy them. Marcel Proust

Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it." - Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha "We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us from. Marcel Proust

The character we exhibit in the latter 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. Marcel Proust

Le bonheur est dans l'amour un e tat anormal. In love, happiness is abnormal. Marcel Proust

L'ide e qu'on mourra est plus cruelle que mourir, mais moins que l'ide e qu'un autre est mort. The idea of dying is worse than dying itself, but less cruel than the idea that another has died. Marcel Proust

There is no doubt that a person's charms are less frequently a cause of love than a remark such as: 'No, this evening I shan't be free'. Marcel Proust

The reason why life may be judged to be trivial although at certain moments it seems to us so beautiful is that we form our judgment, ordinarily, not on the evidence of life itself but of those quite different images which preserve nothing of life-and therefore we judge it disparagingly. Marcel Proust

We exist only by virtue of what we possess, we possess only what is really present to us, and many of our memories, our moods, our ideas sail away on a voyage of their own until they are lost to sight! Then we can no longer take them into account in the total which is our personality. But they know of secret paths by which to return to us. Marcel Proust

For a long time I used to go to bed early. Marcel Proust

An artist has no need to express his thought directly in his work for the latter to reflect its quality; it has even been said that the highest praise of God consists in the denial of Him by the atheist who finds creation so perfect that it can dispense with a creator. Marcel Proust

Less disappointing than life is, great works of art do not begin by giving us all their best. Marcel Proust

It is always thus, impelled by a state of mind which is destined not to last, that we make our irrevocable decisions. Marcel Proust

Perhaps it is not-being that is the true state, and all our dream of life is inexistent; but, if so, we feel that these phrases of music, these conceptions which exist in relation to our dream, must be nothing either. We shall perish, but we have as hostages these divine captives who will follow and share our fate. And death in their company is somehow less bitter, less inglorious, perhaps even less probable. Marcel Proust

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