It was impossible for me to determine whether she approved or condemned the vagrancy of her eyes in the careless detachment of her heart.

Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust

Profession: Author
Nationality: French

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My only consolation when I am really sad is to love and to be loved.

It is false to believe that the scale of fears corresponds to that of the dangers which inspire them. One might be frightened of sleeplessness and yet not of a duel, of a rat and not of a lion.

Everything that seems imperishable tends to extinguishment.

An hour is not merely an hour; it is a vase full of scents and sounds and projects and climates.

Princes know themselves to be princes, and are not snobs; besides, they believe themselves to be so far above everything that is not of their blood royal that noblemen and commoners appear, in the depths beneath them, to be practically on a level.

The so-called sensitivity of neurotics develops along with their egotism; they cannot bear for other people to flaunt the sufferings with which they are increasingly preoccupied themselves.

When we have passed a certain age, the soul of the child that we were and the souls of the dead from whom we sprang come and shower upon us their riches and their spells, asking to be allowed to contribute to the new emotions which we feel and in which, erasing their former image, we recast them in an original creation.

Was the happiness of knowing these girls really unattainable? It would certainly not have been the first happiness of that sort which I had abandoned all hope of ever enjoying?

One becomes moral as soon as one is unhappy.

Often the sun would disappear behind a cloud, which impinged on its roundness, but whose edge the sun gilded in return.

Quite half of the human race was in tears.

We passionately long that there may be another life in which we shall be similar to what we are here below. But we do not pause to reflect that, even without waiting for that other life, in this life, after a few years we are unfaithful to what we have been, to what we wished to remain immortally.

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.

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.