Marcel Proust Quotes

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.

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

The only paradise is paradise lost.

The opinions which we hold of one another, our relations with friends and kinfolk are in no sense permanent, save in appearance, but are as eternally fluid as the sea itself.

Illness is the most heeded of doctors: to goodness and wisdom we only make promises; pain we obey.

Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.

All the greatest things we know have come to us from neurotics. It is they and they only who have founded religions and created great works of art. Never will the world be conscious of how much it owes to them, nor above all of what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts […]

Often it is just lack of imagination that keeps a man from suffering very much.

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

The only thing that does not change is that at any and every time it appears that there have been “great changes.”