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Marcel Proust Quotes About Love, In French, Wisdom, New Eyes, Life, Memory, Time, Goodreads, Friendship & In Search of Lost Time! Marcel Proust was born in Auteuil, Paris, On July 10, 1871,  to an upper-middle-class family. He was the son of a well-known pathologist and the author of many medicine and hygiene books. Her mom, a well-read, literate woman, came from a wealthy Jewish family. He grew up to become a legendary novelist, essayist, and critic. His famous work is in Search of Lost Time (La recherche du temps perdu).

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Throughout his childhood, Proust suffered from chronic asthma attacks. Despite his asthmatic condition, Proust could not attend school at the Lycée Condorcet. His final year was still impressive, particularly in literature, and he received an award. He published his first book in 1896, Les Plaisirs et Les Jours. This book contains essays, short stories, and poems.

In 1895, Proust started writing Jean Santeuil, but he abandoned it in 1899. There was never a finish to the novel. Aside from writing translations and annotations of John Ruskin’s works, Proust spent several years translating and annotating his works after failing to write a novel. For Marcel Proust, 1908 was an important year in his literary career. The author wrote a series of parodies of other authors in Le Figaro.

He kept writing essays, articles, and short stories, eventually combining and transforming them into a single account. In 1909, Proust converted his essay Contra Sainte-Beuve into a novel he named in 1913. In November 1922, Marcel Proust died. He left behind three more volumes of the novel. In the 20th century, Marcel Proust was one of the best French novelists. Several of his sentences went on for several pages. His writing style was long. Throughout history, Proust’s writing has tremendously influenced both his readers and other writers.

Best Marcel Proust Quotes

1.“I felt myself still reliving a past which was no longer anything more than the history of another person”-Marcel Proust

2.“When a creature is so badly constituted (perhaps in nature that being is man) that he cannot love unless he suffers and that he must suffer to learn truth, the life of such a being becomes in the end very exhausting. ”-Marcel Proust

3.“The practice of solitude had given him a love for it, as happens with every big thing which we have begun by fearing”-Marcel Proust

4.“inviolable solitude”-Marcel Proust

5.“For there is in this world in which everything wears out, everything perishes, one thing that crumbles into dust, that destroys itself still more completely, leaving behind still fewer traces of itself than Beauty: namely Grief.”-Marcel Proust

6.“They reminded me that it was my fate to pursue only phantoms, creatures whose reality existed to a great extent in my imagination;”-Marcel Proust

7.”They sacrifice all the rest, devote all their efforts, make everything else subservient to the pursuit of some phantom.”-Marcel Proust

8.“Our worst fears, like our greatest hopes, are not outside our powers, and we can come in the end to triumph over the former and to achieve the latter.”-Marcel Proust

9.“We ought not to attach ourselves to beings, it is not beings who exist in reality and are amenable to description, but ideas.”-Marcel Proust

10.“I thought nothing at all, but I felt an immense sadness, as when two parts of one’s past existence, which have been anchored near to one”-Marcel Proust

11.”People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.”-Marcel Proust

12.“An artist has no need to express his mind directly in his work for it to express the quality of that mind;”-Marcel Proust

13.“Nine tenths of the ills from which intelligent people suffer spring from their intellect.”-Marcel Proust

14.“Perhaps the immobility of the things that surround us is forced upon them by our conviction that they are themselves, and not anything else, and by the immobility of our conceptions of them.”-Marcel Proust

15.“For a long time I used to go to bed early.” -Marcel Proust

16.”We are at times too ready to believe that the present is the only possible state of things.”-Marcel Proust

17.“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

18.”It is not because other people are dead that our affection for them grows faint, it is because we ourselves are dying.”-Marcel Proust

19.”We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.”-Marcel Proust

20.“ How can you expect Cottard to be able to treat you? He has made allowances for the difficulty of digesting sauces, for gastric trouble, but he has made no allowance for the effect of reading Shakespeare.”-Marcel Proust

21.“How often is not the prospect of future happiness thus sacrificed to one’s impatient insistence upon an immediate gratification.”-Marcel Proust

22.“Perhaps it is not-being that is the true state, and all our dream of life is inexistent;”-Marcel Proust

23.”We shall perish, but we have as hostages these divine captives who will follow and share our fate. And death in their company is somehow less bitter, less inglorious, perhaps even less probable. ”-Marcel Proust

24.“Whenever she saw in others an advantage, however trivial, which she herself lacked, she would persuade herself that it was no advantage at all, but a drawback, and would pity so as not to have to envy them.”-Marcel Proust

25.“Even from the simplest, the most realistic point of view, the countries which we long for occupy, at any given moment, a far larger place in our actual life than the country in which we happen to be.”-Marcel Proust

26.“For what we suppose to be our love or our jealousy is never a single, continuous and indivisible passion.”-Marcel Proust

27.“Knowledge of the thing cannot impede it”-Marcel Proust

28.“And then, gradually, the memory of her would fade away, I had forgotten the girl of my dream.”-Marcel Proust

29.“Even the simple act which we describe as ‘seeing someone we know’ is, to some extent, an intellectual process. ”-Marcel Proust

30.“In my cowardice I became at once a man, and did what all we grown men do when face to face with suffering and injustice; I preferred not to see them”-Marcel Proust

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