Remembrance: Marcel Proust #62

Remembrance: Marcel Proust
Part #62
Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”

Pursuing Phantoms

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

for there are people –
and this had been my case
since youth –
for whom all the things
that have a fixed value,
assessable by others,
fortune, success,
high positions,
do not count;

what they must have
is phantoms.

They sacrifice
all the rest,
devote all their efforts,
make everything else
subservient to the pursuit
of some phantom.

But this soon fades away;
then they run after another
only to return later on
to the first.”

― Marcel Proust

ghost of proust at grave