Marcel Proust Quotes

Best Quotes by Marcel Proust

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

“The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.”

“To think that I’ve wasted years of my life, that I’ve longed to die, that I’ve experienced my greatest love, for a woman who didn’t appeal to me, who wasn’t even my type!”

“We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”

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“But who are they? (opium-eaters) Reader, I am sorry to say, a very numerous class indeed. Of this I became convinced some years ago, by computing, at that time, the number of those in one small class of English society (the class of men distinguished for talents, or of eminent station), who were known to me, directly or indirectly, as opium-eaters; such for instance, as the eloquent and benevolent ___, the late dean of ___; Lord ___; Mr ___, the philosopher; a late under-secretary of state … Now, if one class, comparatively so limited, could furnish so many scores of cases (and that within the knowledge of one single inquirer), it was a natural inference, that the entire population of England would furnish a proportionable number.”

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