Marcel Proust

10 Jul 1871 // 18 Nov 1922


Phylosophy and Good Society (1)

A man is not more entitled to be �received in good society�, or at least to wish to be, because he is more intelligent and cultivated. This is one of those sophisms that the vanity of intelligent peo...

Change and Desire (2)

We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes. The situation that we hoped to change because it was intolerable becomes unimportant. We have not manag...

The Importance of the Art (3)

By art alone we are able to get outside ourselves, to know what another sees of this universe which for him is not ours, the landscapes of which would remain as unknown to us as those of the moon. Th...



On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."