160 Total Quotes

Marcel Proust Quotes

Marcel Proust
Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.
Marcel Proust
#French Author #Imagination

Marcel Proust
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.
Marcel Proust
#Doctors

Marcel Proust
Those whose suffering is due to love are, as we say of certain invalids, their own physicians
Marcel Proust
#Love #Quote of the Day

Marcel Proust
His hatred of snobs was a derivative of his snobbishness, but made the simpletons (in other words, everyone) believe that he was immune from snobbishness
Marcel Proust
#Hatred

Marcel Proust
Everything great that we know has come from neurotics. never will the world be aware of how much it owes to them, nor above all what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it.
Marcel Proust
#Drugs

Marcel Proust
Like everybody who is not in love, he thought one chose the person to be loved after endless deliberations and on the basis of particular qualities or advantages.
Marcel Proust
#French Author #Choice

Marcel Proust
A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.
Marcel Proust
#French Author

Marcel Proust
We become moral when we are unhappy.
Marcel Proust
#French Author

Marcel Proust
Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind
Marcel Proust
#Body

Marcel Proust
I understood that all the material of a literary work was in my past life, I understood that I had acquired it in the midst of frivolous amusements, in idleness, in tenderness and in pain, stored up by me without my divining its destination or even its survival, as the seed has in reserve all the ingredients which will nourish the plant.
Marcel Proust
#Life #Creativity

Marcel Proust
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.
Marcel Proust
#French Author #Books And Reading

Marcel Proust
Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way
Marcel Proust
#Intellectuals

Marcel Proust
Love is space and time measured by the heart.
Marcel Proust
#French Author #Heart

Marcel Proust
Life is extraordinarily suave and sweet with certain natural, witty, affectionate people who have unusual distinction and are capable of every vice, but who make a display of none in public and about whom no one can affirm they have a single one. There is something supple and secret about them. Besides, their perversity gives spice to their most innocent occupations, such as taking a walk in the garden at night.
Marcel Proust
#Life #Vice

Marcel Proust
Our intonations contain our philosophy of life, what each of us is constantly telling himself about things
Marcel Proust
#Advise

Marcel Proust
Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments. An artist recreates those aspects of reality which represent his fundamental view of man's nature.
Marcel Proust
#Arts And Artists #Art

Marcel Proust
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
#French Author #Journey

Marcel Proust
We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.
Marcel Proust
#French Author #Desire

Marcel Proust
We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually ourdesire changes. The situation that we hoped to change because it was intolerablebecomes unimportant. We have not managed to surmount the obstacle, as wewere absolutely determined to do, but life has taken us round it, led us past it, andthen if we turn round to gaze at the remote past, we can barely catch sight of it, soimperceptible has it become.
Marcel Proust
#Desire

Marcel Proust
Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.
Marcel Proust
#French Author