Marcel Proust

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painting of Proust by Lindner Richard
painting of Proust by Lindner Richard


  • The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
  • 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.
  • Your soul is a dark forest. But the trees are of a particular species, they are genealogical trees.
  • What a profound significance small things assume when the woman we love conceals them from us.
  • We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes.
  • People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.
  • Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.
  • Three-quarters of the sicknesses of intelligent people come from their intelligence. They need at least a doctor who can understand this sickness.
  • Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true.


Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust was born in Auteuil, south-west Paris on 10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922), better known as 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. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest authors