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date: 29 July 2021

Marcel Proust 1871–1922
French novelist 

  1. Remembrance of things past.
    translation by C. K. Scott-Moncrieff and S. Hudson of the title À la recherche du temps perdu [In search of lost time] (1913–27); see Shakespeare
  2. For a long time I used to go to bed early.
    Du côté de chez Swann (Swann's Way, 1913) vol. 1, tr. C. K. Scott-Moncrieff and S. Hudson, rev. T. Kilmartin, p. 1
  3. And suddenly the memory revealed itself. The taste was that of the little piece of madeleine which on Sunday mornings at Combray…my aunt Léonie used to give me, dipping it first in her own cup of tea or tisane.
    Du côté de chez Swann (Swann's Way, 1913) vol. 1, tr. C. K. Scott-Moncrieff and S. Hudson, rev. T. Kilmartin
  4. An artist has no need to express his thought directly in his work for the latter to reflect its quality; it has even been said that the highest praise of God consists in the denial of Him by the atheist who finds creation so perfect that it can dispense with a creator.
    Le Côté de Guermantes (Guermantes Way, 1921)
  5. Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.
    Sodome et Gomorrhe (Cities of the Plain, 1922) vol. 1, pt. 2, ch. 1, tr. C. K. Scott-Moncrieff and S. Hudson, rev. T. Kilmartin
  6. I have a horror of sunsets, they're so romantic, so operatic.
    Sodome et Gomorrhe (Cities of the Plain, 1922)
  7. Everything we think of as great has come to us from neurotics. It is they and they alone who found religions and create great works of art. The world will never realise how much it owes to them and what they have suffered in order to bestow their gifts on it.
    Le Côté de Guermantes (Guermantes Way, 1921)
  8. The only true voyage of discovery…would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes.
    often quoted as ‘The real voyage of discovery…consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes’
    La Prisonnière (The Captive, 1923)
  9. We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
    Albertine disparue (The Sweet Cheat Gone, 1925) ch. 1, tr. C. K. Scott-Moncrieff and S. Hudson, rev. T. Kilmartin
  10. The true paradises are the paradises that we have lost.
    Le Temps retrouvé (Time Regained, 1926) ch. 3, tr. C. K. Scott-Moncrieff and S. Hudson, rev. T. Kilmartin
  11. For if unhappiness develops the forces of the mind, happiness alone is salutary to the body.
    Le Temps retrouvé (Time Regained, 1926)