Anais Nin on Proust

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Anais Nin on Proust
Created by Jk the secret keeper
Illustrations by j. kiley
Created 11th January 2014
Posted Sunday 23rd February 2014
A WRITER’S WORD

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Anais Nin

Anais Nin on Proust

If what
Proust said
is true,

that happiness
is the absence
of fever,

then I will
never know
happiness.

For I am
possessed
by a fever

for knowledge,
experience,
and
creation.

I think
I have
an immediate
awareness
in living

which is far
more terrible
and more
painful.

There is
no time
lapse,

no distance
between me
and
the present.

Instantaneous
awareness.

But it is
also true
that
when
I write

afterwards,
I see
much more,

I understand
better,

I develop
and
enrich.

I live
more
on time.

What is
remembered
later

does not
seem
as true
to me.

I have
such
a need
of truth!

It must
be
that need
of immediate
recording

which
incites
me
to write
almost
while
I
am
living,

before
it is
altered,

changed
by distance
or
time.

Marcel-Proust

Marcel Proust