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  • We become moral when we are unhappy.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Madame Swann at Home," vol. 3, "Within a Budding Grove," pt. 1, Remembrance of Things Past (1918), trans. by Ronald and Colette Cortie (1988).
  • Our memory is like a shop in the window of which is exposed now one, now another photograph of the same person. And as a rule the most recent exhibit remains for some time the only one to be seen.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Within a Budding Grove: Seascape, with Frieze of Girls," vol. 4, pt. 2, Remembrance of Things Past (1918), trans. by Scott Moncrieff (1924).

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  • A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Within a Budding Grove," vol. 3, pt. 1, "Madame Swann at Home," Remembrance of Things Past (1918), trans. by Scott Monkrieff (1924).

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  • Your soul ... is a dark forest. But the trees are of a particular species, they are genealogical trees.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Fragments From Italian Comedy," no. 7, sct. 4, Pleasures and Regrets (1896, trans. 1948).

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  • 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 (1871-1922), French novelist. Trans. by Scott Monkrieff (1924). "Within a Budding Grove," vol. 4, pt. 2, "Seascape, with Frieze of Girls," Remembrance of Things Past (1918).

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  • A fashionable milieu is one in which everybody's opinion is made up of the opinion of all the others. Has everybody a different opinion? Then it is a literary milieu.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Fragments From Italian Comedy," no. 10, Pleasures and Regrets (1896, trans. 1948).
  • The charms of the passing woman are generally in direct proportion to the swiftness of her passing.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Within a Budding Grove," vol. 4, pt. 2, "Place-Names: The Place," Remembrance of Things Past (1918), trans. by Ronald and Colette Cortie (1988).

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  • The world was not created once and for all time for each of us individually. There are added to it in the course of our life things of which we have never had any suspicion.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "The Sweet Cheat Gone," ch. 1, Remembrance of Things Past, vol. 11 (1925), trans. by Scott Moncrieff (1930).

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  • Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "The Sweet Cheat Gone," ch. 1, Remembrance of Things Past, vol. 11 (1925), trans. by Scott Moncrieff (1930).

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  • A woman one loves rarely suffices for all our needs, so we deceive her with another whom we do not love.
    Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Time Regained," vol. 12, ch. 1, Remembrance of Things Past (1927), trans. by Stephen Hudson (1931).

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