53 Marcel Proust Quotes Filled With Wisdom

Welcome to our journey through the mesmerizing world of Marcel Proust a French novelist, critic, and essayist best known for his monumental work, “In Search of Lost Time” (À la recherche du temps perdu). Proust’s writing has captivated generations of readers and thinkers with its vivid portrayal of memory and desire. His profound insights on love, art, and the human condition continue to resonate today. Quotes by Marcel Proust offer a wealth of inspiration and wisdom.

Today, we invite you to delve into his work with a curated selection of 53 inspiring quotes by Marcel Proust. From the transformative power of literature to the beauty of life’s fleeting moments, these thought-provoking passages promise to spark reflection, stir emotions, and perhaps even change your perspective. So, sit back, grab a cup of tea, and immerse yourself in the enchanting realm of Marcel Proust’s timeless wisdom.

I hope you enjoy these quotes by Marcel Proust…

"We are able to find everything in our memory, which is like a dispensary or chemical laboratory in which chance steers our hand sometimes to a soothing drug and sometimes to a dangerous poison." - Marcel Proust
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1) “We are able to find everything in our memory, which is like a dispensary or chemical laboratory in which chance steers our hand sometimes to a soothing drug and sometimes to a dangerous poison.” – Marcel Proust

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

3) “Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.” – Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way

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

5) “The bonds between ourselves and another person exists only in our minds. Memory as it grows fainter loosens them, and notwithstanding the illusion by which we want to be duped and which, out of love, friendship, politeness, deference, duty, we dupe other people, we exist alone. Man is the creature who cannot escape from himself, who knows other people only in himself, and when he asserts the contrary, he is lying.” – Marcel Proust

6) “Only by art can we get outside ourselves, instead of seeing only one world, our own, we see it under multiple forms.” – Marcel Proust

7) “Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.” – Marcel Proust

8) “Do not wait for life. Do not long for it. Be aware, always and at every moment, that the miracle is in the here and now.” – Marcel Proust

9) “Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. The writer’s work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book. The reader’s recognition in himself of what the book says is the proof of the book’s truth.” – Marcel Proust, Time Regained

Everything that is great in the world…

"Everything great in the world comes from neurotics; they alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces." - Marcel Proust
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10) “Everything great in the world comes from neurotics; they alone have founded our religions and composed our masterpieces.” – Marcel Proust

11) “Habit! Adept but unhurried planner, who, in a temporary residence, at first lets our mind suffer for weeks: but we’re happy to find it despite all, for without it and with only the means available to our mind, a dwelling could never be made habitable.” – Marcel Proust

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

13) “The heart does not lie.” – Marcel Proust

14) “If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.” – Marcel Proust

15) “In a separation, it is the one who is not really in love who says the more tender things.” – Marcel Proust

16) “Instead of seeking new landscapes, develop new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

17) “Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.” – Marcel Proust

18) “Love is space and time measured by the heart.” – Marcel Proust

19) “It comes so soon, the moment when there is nothing left to wait for.” – Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust Quotes from ‘In Search of Lost Time’…

"Love is a striking example of how little reality means to us." - Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time
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20) “Love is a striking example of how little reality means to us.” – Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time

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21) “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

22) “Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.” – Marcel Proust

23) “Let us leave pretty women to men with no imagination.” – Marcel Proust

24) “We must never be afraid to go too far, for truth lies beyond.” – Marcel Proust

25) “My destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.” – Marcel Proust

26) “Love is not vain because it is frustrated, but because it is fulfilled. The people we love turn to ashes when we posess them.” – Marcel Proust

27) “Now are the woods all black, But still the sky is blue.” – Marcel Proust

28) “Three-quarters of the sicknesses of intelligent people come from their intelligence. They need at least a doctor who can understand this sickness.” – Marcel Proust

29) “It is often hard to bear the tears that we ourselves have caused.” – Marcel Proust

Quotes on love…

"Love is a reciprocal torture." - Marcel Proust
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30) “Love is a reciprocal torture.” – Marcel Proust

31) “Only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees.” – Marcel Proust

32) “The only paradise is paradise lost.” – Marcel Proust

33) “The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace.” – Marcel Proust

34) “People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.” – Marcel Proust

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

36) “To the pure all things are pure!” – Marcel Proust

37) “Reading is that fruitful miracle of a communication in the midst of solitude.” – Marcel Proust

38) “In reality, these sobs never ceased; it’s only because my life is getting quieter that I hear them anew, like these bells in convents that the noise of the daytime drowns out so effectively you think they’re no longer rung, but that sound out once again in the silence of the night.” – Marcel Proust

39) “One must never miss an opportunity of quoting things by others which are always more interesting than those one thinks up oneself.” – Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust quotes about the real voyage of discovery…

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust

40) “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

41) “Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.” – Marcel Proust

42) “If she judged frivolous reading to be just as unwholesome as sweets and pastries, she didn’t think that the great gusts of genius could have an any more dangerous, any less invigorating influence on a child’s mind than the fresh air and the winds off the sea could have on his body.” – Marcel Proust

43) “Sometimes in this life, under the stress of an exceptional emotion, people do say what they think.” – Marcel Proust

44) “Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.” – Marcel Proust

45) “There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book.” – Marcel Proust

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

47) “Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have of them.” – Marcel Proust

48) “If we are to make reality endurable, we must all nourish a fantasy or two.” – Marcel Proust

49) “Let us leave pretty women to men with no imagination.” – Marcel Proust, The Captive / The Fugitive

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Marcel Proust Quotes on Wisdom

"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

50) “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

51) “We love only what we do not wholly possess.” – Marcel Proust

52) “What a profound significance small things assume when the woman we love conceals them from us.” – Marcel Proust

53) “When you work to please others you can’t succeed, but the things you do to satisfy yourself stand a chance of catching someone’s interest.” – Marcel Proust

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