Remembrance: Marcel Proust #40

Remembrance: Marcel Proust

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”


“…the salient feature
of the absurd age I was at–
an age which for all
its alleged awkwardness,
is prodigiously rich–
is that reason
is not its guide,
and the most insignificant
attributes of other people
always appear to be
with their personality.
One lives among monsters and gods,
a stranger to peace of mind.
There is scarcely
a single one of our acts
from that time
which we would not
prefer to abolish later on.
But all we should lament
is the loss of the spontaneity
that urged them upon us.
In later life,
we see things
with a more practical eye,
one we share
with the rest of society;
but adolescence
was the only time
when we ever learned anything.”
― Marcel Proust

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