Marcel Proust quotes

Born
Marcel Proust 10 July 1871 Auteuil, France.

Died
18 November 1922.

Occupation
Novelist.

Marcel Proust was a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time; earlier rendered as Remembrance of Things Past), published in seven parts between 1913 and 1927.

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
– 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

Those whose suffering is due to love are, as we say of certain invalids, their own physicians.
– Marcel Proust

The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
– Marcel Proust

We are healed from suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
– Marcel Proust

A fashionable milieu is one in which everybody’s opinion is made up of the opinion of all the others. Has everybody a different opinion? Then it is a literary milieu.
– Marcel Proust

It is always during a passing state of mind that we make lasting resolutions.
– Marcel Proust

Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them.
– Marcel Proust

Love is space and time measured by the heart.
– Marcel Proust

Words do not change their meanings so drastically in the course of centuries as, in our minds, names do in the course of a year or two.
– Marcel Proust

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

If only for the sake of elegance, I try to remain morally pure.
– Marcel Proust

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
– Marcel Proust

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

We must never be afraid to go too far, for truth lies beyond.
– 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

A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.
– Marcel Proust

All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.
– Marcel Proust

Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.
– Marcel Proust

Love is a reciprocal torture.
– Marcel Proust

A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.
– Marcel Proust

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

We become moral when we are unhappy.
– Marcel Proust

As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.
– Marcel Proust

A woman one loves rarely suffices for all our needs, so we deceive her with another whom we do not love.
– Marcel Proust

People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.
– 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