Marcel Proust

France
10 Jul 1871 // 18 Nov 1922
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In theory one is aware that the earth revolves, but in practice one does not perceive it, the ground upon which one treads seems not to move, and one can live undisturbed. So it is with Time in one's life
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
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
Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist's metaphysical value-judgments. An artist recreates those aspects of reality which represent his fundamental view of man's nature
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
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us
We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes
We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full
Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them
Those whose suffering is due to love are, as we say of certain invalids, their own physicians
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