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When, from a long distant past, nothing subsists, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, still, alone, more fragile, but with more vitality, more unsubstantial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised for a long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping for their moment, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear unfaltering ... the vast structure of recollection.
—  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
The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
—  Marcel Proust
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
—  Marcel Proust
Things don't change, but by and by our wishes change.
—  Marcel Proust
There is not a woman in the world the possession of whom is as precious as that of the truths which she reveals to us by causing us to suffer.
—  Marcel Proust
We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it in full.
—  Marcel Proust
The bonds that unite another person to ourself exist only in our mind. Memory as it grows fainter relaxes them.
—  Marcel Proust
What artists call posterity is the posterity of the work of art.
—  Marcel Proust
If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.
—  Marcel Proust
The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
—  Marcel Proust
Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.
—  Marcel Proust
We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes. The situation that we hoped to change because it was intolerable becomes unimportant. We have not managed to surmount the obstacle, as were absolutely determined to do, but life has taken us around it, led us past it, and then if we turn around to gaze at the remote past, we can barely catch sight of it, so imperceptible has it become.
—  Marcel Proust
I had come in time to learn that it was a mistake to smile a friendly smile when somebody made a fool of me.
—  Marcel Proust
We have nothing to fear and a great deal to learn from trees, that vigorous and pacific tribe which without stint produces strengthening essences for us, soothing balms, and in whose gracious company we spend so many cool, silent and intimate hours.
—  Marcel Proust

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